In February, the question was who won the James Harden-Ben Simmons trade.
Now it’s a question of who lost it worse.
And right now, Philadelphia has a Harden problem.
The former MVP passive-aggressioned his way from the Nets to the Sixers back in February.
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But Harden’s season-ending performance on Friday was so putrid that people around the NBA are saying his time as a worthy supermax player won’t end during a potential extension. It’s already over.
What’s starting now is his time as a problem, with the Sixers facing choices of paying him a potentially crippling max deal or letting him walk.
Oh, they’ve got choices. And they’re all bad.