Why did the Nets trade Harden?The real reason: The Nets knew he would jump out of his contract and go to Philadelphia

2022-05-15 0 By

The Nets will trade James Harden and Paul Millsap to Philadelphia in exchange for Seth Curry, Ben Simmons and Draymond, according to Shams and Woj.An unprotected 2022 first-round pick, and a protected 2027 first-round pick!Before the deal was made, it was always uncertain whether a deal would happen, because the Nets weren’t that determined to trade Harden and didn’t hold substantive talks with Philadelphia for long.The Nets want harden to stay competitive this season.But with the trade deadline running out, foreign media outlets have reported that Harden actually wanted to leave the team, but because of the impact of public opinion, afraid to ask for a trade again.Woj later reported that the Nets made the trade knowing harden could opt out of his contract this summer and join Philadelphia as a free agent.And according to Brian Lewis of the New York Post, Harden turned down a three-year, $161 million early extension from the Nets before the season.Knowing this, the Nets are determined to trade Harden before the deadline.If the Nets didn’t trade, they would have gotten nothing in the offseason. At least they got a young core in Ben Simmons, two of the best players of the year in Ceccuri and Draymond, and two first-round picks.For the Nets, although Harden left, but Ben Simmons to a large extent can make up for the team’s problems, believe in the next game they will also be better.Harden, on the other hand, is heading to Philadelphia to compete for a championship with Embiid.