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James Harden traded to Clippers: A look back at the NBA All-Star’s tumultuous journey to LA

James Harden, a 10-time All-Star and three-time NBA scoring champion, is on his way to yet another team in a different city. 

Harden was reportedly traded from the Philadelphia 76ers to the Los Angeles Clippers on Monday, just over four months after the superstar guard demanded a trade. 

Joel Embiid with James Harden

James Harden, left, and Joel Embiid of the Philadelphia 76ers look on during Game Two of the Eastern Conference First Round Playoffs against the Brooklyn Nets at the Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia on April 17, 2023. (Mitchell Leff/Getty Images)

In return, the Sixers will receive Marcus Morris, Robert Covington, Nic Batum and KJ Martin, while also sending PJ Tucker and Filip Petrusev to L.A. The Clippers will also give up a first-round and two second-round picks to Philadelphia, who also will receive a first-rounder from the Oklahoma City Thunder, according to ESPN. 

Harden’s time in Philadelphia comes to an end after just 79 regular-season games over the past two seasons. 

After one season of playing together, Westbrook was traded to the Washington Wizards for John Wall. 

Prior to the 2020-21 season, Harden made it clear that he wanted to be moved, showing up late to training camp before playing in eight games to start the year and eventually being traded to the Nets. 

Oklahoma City Thunder: 2009-2013

The first stop of Harden’s career is the only stop where he was traded without asking or forcing his way out. 

The thunder drafted Harden out of Arizona State in the first round of the 2009 NBA Draft, and he made an immediate impact. 

James Harden plays for the Thunder

James Harden of the Oklahoma City Thunder while taking on the Dallas Mavericks in Game Five of the Western Conference Finals during the 2011 NBA Playoffs at American Airlines Center in Dallas on May 25, 2011. (Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)

Paired with a young Durant and Westbrook, the Thunder made it to the NBA Finals during the 2011-2012 NBA season, with Harden winning the Sixth Man of the Year Award in the process. 

Harden was traded to the Houston Rockets in October 2012 after he and OKC failed to reach a long-term deal. 

Fox News’ Ryan Gaydos and Paulina Dedaj contributed to this report

Joe Morgan is a Sports Reporter for Fox News.


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