An $82 million scorer has been linked to the Sixers in a three-way trade involving James Harden.

The Philadelphia 76ers are under no obligation to trade James Harden to the Los Angeles Clippers despite Harden's stated preference. Dalton Trigg of Sports

Illustrated suggested a three-team trade that would involve the Sixers, the Mavericks, and the Bulls and send Harden to Dallas."Replacing Harden's production

with another aging star shooting guard in DeMar DeRozan could be one of Philly's best options," Trigg said.

While DeRozan lacks Harden's star power, he is still capable of contributing at an All-Star level. DeRozan had a 2022–23 season stat line of 24.5 ppg, 5.1 apg, 4.9 rpg,

and 50.4% fg percentage. In addition, he is in the final year of a $81.9 million deal he signed with the Bulls in the offseason of 2021.

The Sixers' cap situation in 2024 could improve if they acquire DeRozan's expiring contract. Even if both teams are interested in obtaining Harden, the Clippers are reportedly

not in a rush to make a deal for him, as reported by Kyle Neubeck of Philly Voice on July 28.Harden has reportedly expressed interest in playing for the Los Angeles Clippers,

but according to Neubeck, the team has been "fairly unserious" about the sacrifices they are ready to make to obtain Harden. Although he formerly held franchise-defining sway,

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