Boston Celtics: 3 James Harden trades that involve the Cs

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Boston Celtics (Photo by Tim Warner/Getty Images) (Photo by Tim Warner/Getty Images)

Celtics Get
P.J. Tucker
Tyrese Maxey
Danuel House
76ers Get
James Harden
Javonte Green
Rockets Get
Tobias Harris
Romeo Langford, Carsen Edwards
Daniel Theis, 2021 Philadelphia 76ers first-round pick
2023 Philadelphia 76ers first-round pick, 2025 Philadelphia 76ers first-round pick

Why the Boston Celtics do it

The Boston Celtics would give up on the potential of Romeo Langford, who has not had a clean bill of health since joining the Cs, but other than that, the team wouldn’t be losing much. Daniel Theis is having a difficult time fitting in at the power forward spot, and both Tristan Thompson and Robert Williams are better options at the 5. He is a free agent in the offseason.

Carsen Edwards may never play his way into a role in Brad Stevens’ rotation, and Javonte Green’s production can easily be replaced.

P.J. Tucker replaces Theis’ role, Danuel House inherits Green’s minutes, and Tyrese Maxey could be the perfect backcourt complement to Payton Pritchard.

Why the Houston Rockets do it

Getting off of Harden is imperative, even if it means taking on the monstrous contract of Tobias Harris. Three future first-round picks make that an easy pill to swallow at the very least.

Why the Philadelphia 76ers do it

There are many obvious reasons why a James Harden-Philadelphia 76ers union makes sense, with Daryl Morey being a big one.

Harden represents the potential Kobe Bryant to Joel Embiid’s Shaquille O’Neal. Whether or not Ben Simmons fits is almost irrelevant; he could be swapped for a better fitting third star pretty easily.

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