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James Harden-Ben Simmons blockbuster adds spice to NBA trade deadline day

James Harden is headed to the Philadelphia 76ers. (Matt York/AP)

Just 13 months after James Harden arrived in Brooklyn eyeing a super team alongside Kevin Durant and Kyrie Irving, the Nets agreed Thursday to send the 10-time all-star guard to the Philadelphia 76ers.

In the blockbuster deal, which reunites Harden with former Houston Rockets executive Daryl Morey, Philadelphia will send Ben Simmons, Seth Curry, Andre Drummond and two first-round picks to Brooklyn. Veteran forward Paul Millsap will go to Philadelphia in the deal.

On both sides, the trade represents the hazards of managing star personalities. Simmons, 25, has been sidelined all season with mental health issues after he requested a trade from Philadelphia last summer. The three-time all-star, who faltered in last year’s playoffs and grew distant from the 76ers following comments made by Coach Doc Rivers and franchise center Joel Embiid, will have two months to acclimate himself with Durant and Irving before another postseason begins.

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