Word on the street is that James Harden is headed over to the Los Angeles Clippers, and NBA fans have gotten the conversation goin’ on social media!
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Reports Began Circulating On Monday Night
ESPN reporter Adrian Wojnarowski shared the news via X (formerly known as Twitter) on Monday evening (Oct. 30), citing “sources.”
BREAKING: The Philadelphia 76ers have agreed on a trade to send guard James Harden to the Los Angeles Clippers, sources tell ESPN. pic.twitter.com/wAyuJKMfAw
— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) October 31, 2023
That same evening, Shams Charania reported that insiders confirmed the news with The Athletic, adding that P.J. Tucker was being traded as well.
BREAKING: The Philadelphia 76ers are trading James Harden and PJ Tucker to the Los Angeles Clippers for Nicolas Batum, Marcus Morris, Robert Covington and KJ Martin, and draft picks, sources tell @TheAthletic @Stadium. pic.twitter.com/4gwGJgrYUb
— Shams Charania (@ShamsCharania) October 31, 2023
Neither the Clippers nor the 76ers have publicly acknowledged the reported development on social media. However, Adrian Wojnarowski further dished during an appearance on ESPN’s Get Up series on Tuesday (Oct. 31).
Wojnarowski declared, “Clippers and Sixers started the talk again over the weekend on a Harden trade. Philadelphia simply wanted to do everything they could to avoid trying to reincorporate James Harden into this team.”
NBA Twitter Reacts To The James Harden Reports
Once the reports began swirling, people swiftly began chiming in on social media.
First and foremost, many fans were psyched to learn that James Harden, Russell Westbrook, Kawhi Leonard, and Paul George would all be playing on the same team.
The Clippers new big four are all from Southern California:
Kawhi Leonard- LA
Paul George- Palmdale
Westbrook- Long Beach
James Harden- LA
Home is where the heart is. pic.twitter.com/q5TzvrAhiu
— ᴅ ʀ ᴇ ᴡ (@FeelLikeDrew) October 31, 2023
James Harden, Kawhi Leonard, Paul George, and Russell Westbrook on the SAME TEAM?!
— GOWIE (@DaKidGowie) October 31, 2023
The Clippers with Russell Westbrook, Paul George, James Harden and Kawhi Leonard pic.twitter.com/8ZQaIijxYp
— Blake Garman (@FrostedBlakes34) October 31, 2023
Nonetheless, Stephen A. Smith spoke on the Clippers’ shifting roster during First Take by declaring, “This is it for them as far as I’m concerned.” Supporting this point, he mentioned that Harden, Westbrook, and George are “in the top 9 of most games played without an NBA championship.”
“This is it for [the Clippers] as far as I’m concerned.” – @stephenasmith
Russell Westbrook, James Harden, and Paul George are in the Top 9 of all active NBA players who have played the most games without an NBA championship. 👀 pic.twitter.com/nsU5ZDGeXt
— First Take (@FirstTake) October 31, 2023
A couple of users joked that L.A.-based strip clubs would be pleased to learn the news!
“James Harden and PJ Tucker traded to the Los Angeles Clippers”
— Hater Report (@HaterReport_) October 31, 2023
LA Strip Club owners when they hear about the James Harden trade pic.twitter.com/VFlPBGOTxO
— Jozu 🇵🇦 (@JozuJoestar) October 31, 2023
Others noted that Sixers fans were more than ready to bid James Harden adieu.
Philly fans to James Harden pic.twitter.com/ZpF72AFmiF
— Hoops (@HoopMixOnly) October 31, 2023
Sixers saw Maxey getting buckets and told Harden thank you for your service
— Ahmed/The Ears/IG: BigBizTheGod 🇸🇴 (@big_business_) October 31, 2023
Sixers fans thanking James Harden for his services: pic.twitter.com/KNBlJsOPOh
— BAD$ (@Bad_Money29) October 31, 2023
Humorously, one user summed the overall experience up by remarking, “Two happiest days of a NBA fan’s life are when their team trades for James Harden, and when their team trades away James Harden.” Oop!
Two happiest days of a NBA fan’s life are when their team trades for James Harden, and when their team trades away James Harden
— yc (@yc) October 31, 2023
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