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Tyrese Maxey involved in potential blockbuster trade for James Harden

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Could former Kentucky guard Tyrese Maxey find his way out of Philadelphia just 12 games into his rookie season? It’s reportedly on the table.

According to Mark Stein of the New York Times, Maxey is one of two headlining pieces in a potential trade for Houston Rockets superstar James Harden.

Stein reports that Maxey would join Philadelphia star Ben Simmons in Houston in exchange for the disgruntled Rockets guard.

“The Rockets are pursuing a trade package from the 76ers that would be headlined by Ben Simmons and Tyrese Maxey,” Stein said. “Houston is increasingly determined to complete a James Harden trade as soon as today, league sources say, and has chased the promising Maxey in addition to Simmons.”

While the Rockets are pushing for Maxey to be included in the deal, Stein is also reporting that the 76ers are hoping to put together other assets in a potential trade package in hopes of keeping the promising former Wildcat in Philadelphia.

Through 12 games, Maxey has averaged 11.0 points on 47.6% shooting and 31.0% from three to go with 2.7 assists and 2.6 rebounds in 21.0 minutes per contest. The rookie guard’s biggest moment of his young professional career came on Jan. 9 when he poured in 39 points, seven rebounds, six assists and two steals in his first career start.

During his lone season at Kentucky, the 6-foot-3 guard averaged 14.0 points, 4.3 rebounds and 3.2 assists per game before entering the 2020 NBA Draft, where the 76ers selected him with the No. 21 overall pick.

Could Maxey join former Wildcats John Wall and DeMarcus Cousins in Houston?


Just kidding, Harden has been traded to the Brooklyn Nets.

Carry on.

Article written by Jack Pilgrim

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16 Comments for Tyrese Maxey involved in potential blockbuster trade for James Harden

  1. Wade
    3:24 pm January 13, 2021 Permalink

    I’d say where do I sign if I could dump harden for Maxey and Ben . I’d still ask for a draft pick since he wants to go there and it’s ideal for all involved in philly. Ask for the moon and stars and settle on those 2 if you must. They don’t know what else is on the table, they will jump on it! Hardens just a ball hog not a winner. Individual maybe.

    • ClutchCargo
      3:55 pm January 13, 2021 Permalink

      It sounds like Houston is the one pursuing this. I can’t imagine Philadelphia would be dumb enough to do it, but I guess it doesn’t hurt to ask.

  2. UKFanSC
    3:30 pm January 13, 2021 Permalink

    It takes him back to Texas too. He’d probably love the trade.

  3. GymRat
    3:41 pm January 13, 2021 Permalink

    Wall/Maxey back court would be fun.

  4. UKinIN
    4:02 pm January 13, 2021 Permalink

    I’ve always judged how good a player is by how often he gets traded. Jordan didn’t get traded. Kareem? Bird? Magic? LeBron? A young Shaq? DWade? Doesn’t surprise me that the 76ers would move Simmons for a retreaded Harden.

    • UKinIN
      4:03 pm January 13, 2021 Permalink

      Before anyone points out a player like AD getting traded … he demanded to be traded. His organization didn’t voluntarily move him.

    • Theymademesignup
      4:25 pm January 13, 2021 Permalink

      Not a Harden fan, but it’s pretty well documented that he wants out of Houston.

    • WatchutalkinboutWillis
      4:57 pm January 13, 2021 Permalink

      Kobe was traded.

    • UKinIN
      5:16 pm January 13, 2021 Permalink

      On Draft Night

  5. UKFanSC
    4:29 pm January 13, 2021 Permalink


  6. ClutchCargo
    4:38 pm January 13, 2021 Permalink

    Good move by Houston getting rid of Harden and adding Oladipo, along with a couple of other players and some 1st round picks.

    • MississippiBlue
      5:49 pm January 13, 2021 Permalink

      I’m surprised but all thing considered I think Houston did really well in this trade. A former all star (Oladipo), lottery pick (Exum), stretch 4 (Korcus), 4 1st round picks, and the right to swap 1st round picks for 4 years is a haul and a half in my opinion.

  7. VilleCat11
    4:47 pm January 13, 2021 Permalink

    I struggle with this trade stuff sometimes.. Demand a trade and then dictate where u will go… That seems backwards to me… You work for the organization, its not the other way around..

    • ClutchCargo
      5:05 pm January 13, 2021 Permalink

      A trade demand wouldn’t work as well for a journeyman player, but a star is a different story. At least if you know where he wants to go, you can focus on working out a deal with one of those teams. Then it’s just a matter of making sure you are getting equal value back in the trade.

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    5:00 pm January 13, 2021 Permalink


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    8:43 pm January 13, 2021 Permalink

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