A situation in which James Harden ends up forming a Boston Celtics Big 4 next to Jayson Tatum, Jaylen Brown, and Kristaps Porzingis — an idea originally proposed by Lee Tran of Fadeaway World that’d swap the Beard for Malcolm Brogdon and Derrick White — is one that is “tantalizing” but ultimately “fraught” with challenges according to The Sixer Sense’s Abin Thomas.
“While the proposed trade is a tantalizing prospect for the Boston Celtics, it is fraught with challenges both in terms of financial dynamics and inter-team relationships,” Thomas prefaced before saying, “It underscores the multifaceted nature of NBA trade scenarios, where strategy, finance, and player sentiments converge.”
From the Houdini’s vantage point, you’d be hard-pressed to even find Celtics fans out there who’d be willing to swap out White for just about anyone; let alone a player who’s asking for his third trade request in three years.
James Harden will be traded, just not to the Boston Celtics
Of course, any day now, the Harden news is going to drop and the Beard will be wearing Clippers colorways. Thomas admits that the Philadelphia 76ers will indeed ship out the former MVP — just not to the Cs.
“Harden’s past trade requests and eventual moves from the Houston Rockets and Brooklyn Nets establish a pattern,” Thomas wrote. “The strong statement that he intends to ‘never wear’ a Sixers uniform again further cements his determination. Given these precedents, while the odds of a trade to the Celtics might be minimal, Harden’s eventual move from the Sixers seems inevitable.”
If the Sixers were willing to go for a Brogdon-led package that also features Payton Pritchard and future draft considerations, Harden would be a Celtic yesterday. But Philadelphia’s front office is hellbent on getting the best return possible, meaning that Brad Stevens and Co. likely laugh Daryl Morey off the phone after hearing what the Sixers want in return for their disgruntled star.