Brooklyn Nets open to discussing James Harden for Ben SImmons swap

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Brooklyn Nets open to discussing James Harden for Ben SImmons swap

The Philadelphia 76ers are no longer expected to wait until the offseason to try to acquire James Harden and the Brooklyn Nets are reportedly open to discussing a deal, per Shams Charania of The Athletic. Simmons has been holding out the entire season because he doesn't want to play for the 76ers anymore.

The 76ers are willing to trade Simmons but so far they haven't received an offer good enough that would make them comfortable letting Simmons go. The 76ers are willing to wait until they think they are receiving an offer good enough in return to Simmons.

It's not a secret that the 76ers would like to trade for Harden.

Harden is reportedly unhappy in Brooklyn

Over the last month, multiple reports suggested Harden's unhappy in Brooklyn. One of the reasons behind Harden's unhappiness is Kyrie Irving's part-time status.

Irving is refusing to get vaccinated and he is only available for road games. Reportedly, Harden's frustration grew after Kevin Durant went down injured and Irving refused to reconsider his vaccine stance. "That's what I think comes into a lot of this culture and basketball and sport and entertainment,'' Irving said of his vaccine stance after Durant suffered an injury.

""You bring in teams and you bring in situations. Kev's going to heal, Kev's going to be OK, and we're going to have to deal with that as his teammates. But in terms of where I am with my life outside of this, I stay rooted in my decision.

And that's just what it is. "It's not going to be swayed just because of one thing in this NBA life. That somehow it's brought to my attention as being more important than what's going on in the real world.

It's just not happening for me. Again, I respect everyone else's decision, I'm not going to ever try to convince anyone of anything or any of that, I'm just standing rooted in what I believe in. And though we're dealing with this right now with Kev, I just know that I'm protected by the organization, I'm protected by my teammates, I'm protected by all the doctors I've talked to. And I just stand rooted."