There were a lot of high expectations heading into Thursday's NBA Trade Deadline, which the Philadelphia 76ers and Brooklyn Nets absolutely crushed with a blockbuster trade.
The 76ers traded James Harden to the Nets in exchange for Ben Simmons, Seth Curry, Andre Drummond and two first-round picks. Philadelphia has been looking for a superstar-caliber scorer to play alongside Joel Embiid for quite some time now and this deal certainly addresses that need.
As a result of the blockbuster deal, the 76ers' NBA Championship odds are now surging, according to FanDuel Sportsbook.
76ers NBA Championship Odds
FanDuel Sportsbook lists the 76ers as having +650 odds (No. 5) to win the 2021-22 NBA Championship. That's a pretty significant increase from the +1100 before the trade.
Harden has averaged 22.5 points, 8.0 rebounds and 10.2 assists in 44 games with the Nets this season. Considering Simmons didn't even play a game for the 76ers this year, it's easy to see that Harden already improves the situation.
Embiid has been having an MVP-caliber season, leading the league with 29.4 PPG while also averaging 10.9 rebounds and a career-high 4.3 assists. Bringing in Harden provides Embiid with a legitimate No. 2 scoring option and someone who can feed him the ball in the post.
The 76ers did have to give up a lot to bring Harden in, however, the team is fortunate enough to still have plenty of depth. Players like Tobias Harris, Tyrese Maxey, Matisse Thybulle and more give Philadelphia all the tools it needs to succeed in the Eastern Conference.
The 76ers don't play again until Friday when they face the Oklahoma City Thunder, so it'll be interesting to see if that's when Harden makes his debut.
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