NBA Rumors: New Name Surfaces in Sixers/Clippers Trade Talk

James Harden is digging in his heels, and insists he will be playing for the Los Angeles Clippers next season. Of course, he's not the Philadelphia 76ers general manager, and despite his delusional beliefs, it's not up to him. 

Nevertheless, trade talks between the teams continue, and a new name has surfaced as an entry into the discussions. According to Michael Scotto of HoopsHype, the Clippers are interested in Sixers veteran PJ Tucker being added into any deal involving Harden.
The Clippers covet Tucker’s ability to guard multiple positions and defend the league’s top opposing scorers. Tucker is owed $11 million this upcoming year and has a $11.54 million player option for the 2024-25 season.

An interesting note on this emerging news is that Harden is said to have taken "less money" on his deal with the Sixers last season in order for the team to be able to afford to bring in Tucker as a free agent (they signed Tucker to a 3-year, $33M deal).

Harden and Tucker were teammates for four seasons in Houston before The Beard eventually landed in Philadelphia at the 2022 trade deadline. Five months later, he was able to allow the Sixers to bring Tucker to Philly as well.

Tucker, now 38, averaged his lowest numbers since his rookie season, 3.5 points and 3.9 rebounds in his first year with the Sixers, but still brought that defensive intensity. 

The Clippers and Sixers are still not close to a deal, however, and the Harden situation is destined to play out all the way through to training camp at least. 

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