How the 76ers can trade for James Harden without Embiid or Simmons

James Harden, Houston Rockets, Philadelphia 76ers, NBA Rumors, Boston Celtics, Brooklyn Nets, Denver Nuggets, Kevin Durant, Kyrie Irving, Heat, Philadelphia 76ers, Joel Embiid, Ben Simmons, Knicks
Jesse Johnson-USA TODAY Sports

The Houston Rockets have been mentioned in a ton of trade rumors throughout the offseason. Russell Westbrook has already been traded and James Harden could be on the move. Could the Philadelphia 76ers make a move to acquire the superstar shooting guard, possibly without even trading Joel Embiid or Ben Simmons?

Reports have circulated that the 76ers are the favorites to acquire Harden from the Rockets. That could change, but it would make a ton of sense.

Harden seems to be completely done with the Rockets. He has made a big deal of reporting to the team to start the season. Instead, he has been seen at strip clubs and even Stephen Silas, the new head coach, has no clue what has been going on.

Last season with the Rockets, Harden had another massive season. He averaged 34.3 points per game to go along with 7.5 assists and 6.6 rebounds. Harden shot 44.4 percent from the floor and knocked down 35.5 percent from the three-point line.

If the 76ers want to make a big splash, it wouldn’t get much bigger than a trade for James Harden. However, they have made it clear that they don’t want to move either Joel Embiid or Ben Simmons. That could complicate a potential trade, but there are still ways to get something done.

All of that being said, let’s dive in and take a look at a potential trade that would send Harden from the Rockets to the 76ers without either Embiid or Simmons being included.