Re-grading last year’s monumental Harden-Simmons trade
As we approach Thursday’s trade deadline, the Internet is awash in Kyrie trade-grade articles (here’s ours!). Doling out insta-judgments is fun, but ultimately, it takes time to fully understand who won and who lost any given trade.
It’s hard to remember now, but the Ben Simmons saga dominated NBA discourse last year to an unprecedented degree. His game of chicken with 76ers management was an exhausting, depressing storyline that seemingly changed every day while always remaining the same. Luckily, Harden’s blossoming discomfort with Kyrie Irving (how prescient that looks now!) led to a star swap between the Brooklyn Nets and Philadelphia that changed the course of both franchises forever.
With a year of hindsight, we have more clarity on how this transaction turned out for both teams. It’s time to re-adjudicate the trade.
The original trade terms: