Daryl Morey acquired James Harden back in 2013, in a move that changed the fortune of the Houston Rockets’ franchise. Now, Morey has agreed to become the Philadelphia 76ers president of basketball operations. Could Morey trade for Harden once again in his new role?
When Morey stepped down in Houston, he took out a full-page ad and said, among other things, “James Harden changed my life.”
It’s clear that Morey has an affinity for Harden and the bond between the executive and the superstar was strong. As Morey begins a new venture in Philadelphia alongside Doc Rivers and Elton Brand, it will be interesting to see what type of roster decisions the Sixers make.
The Rockets, on the other hand, are in transition. They’ve picked Stephen Silas as head coach, in a move that has drawn rave reviews. But it remains to be seen if Houston believes another run of Harden and Russell Westbrook would be good enough in the West.
Any trade involving Harden would be a blockbuster, even more so, obviously, than the last time he was traded. Philadelphia has stars to offer and a win-now mentality, which could create an interesting matchup in a trade.
Let’s take a look at a hypothetical trade that would send Harden to Philadelphia to reunite with Morey.