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Report: Nets and 76ers top James Harden’s list of preferred trade destinations

Rockets star James Harden vs. 76ers

Orlando, FL - AUGUST 14: James Harden #13 of the Houston Rockets handles the ball Josh Richardson #0 of the Philadelphia 76ers on August 14, 2020 at the AdventHealth Arena at ESPN Wide World Of Sports Complex in Orlando, Florida. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and/or using this Photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. Mandatory Copyright Notice: Copyright 2020 NBAE (Photo by Jesse D. Garrabrant/NBAE via Getty Images)

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James Harden reportedly wants the Rockets to trade him to the Nets.

Or to the 76ers.

Shams Charania of The Athletic:

Maybe new 76ers general manager Daryl Morey can make his Harden-trade fantasy into a reality. In Ben Simmons, Philadelphia has an asset more valuable than anything Brooklyn could offer. Like the Nets, the 76ers have all their future-year first-round picks. Harden would also be an easier fit with Joel Embiid than with Kevin Durant and Kyrie Irving.

The Rockets hold some leverage with Harden locked up two more seasons.

But how comfortable are Harden and Russell Westbrook (who also reportedly requested a trade) remaining in Houston? If they agitate for trades, they could cause an even bigger mess. The Rockets might be forced to deal their stars.

So, Morey could use some help from Harden in getting the superstar to Philadelphia. But Morey and Harden have worked well together before.