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James Harden Joins the Clippers


Photo courtesy of Matt Slocum via AP Photo

On October 31, NBA star James Harden was traded to the Los Angeles Clippers from the Philadelphia 76ers. The 76ers received players KJ Martin, Robert Covington, Marcus Morris, and Nic Batum, as well as several draft picks, while the Clippers received PJ Tucker and Filip Petrusev in addition to Harden. Harden was the third overall pick in the 2009 draft, taken by the Oklahoma City Thunder, and is entering his 14th season in the NBA as a 10 time NBA All-Star, six time All-NBA First Team, and 2018 NBA MVP.


With the Thunder, Harden broke the NBA record for highest three-point percentage and had a season high of 40 points before being traded to the Houston Rockets in 2012, signing a contract worth $80 million over five years. In his first season with the Rockets, Harden scored 2,000 points, becoming the fifth NBA player in history to reach that mark in one season. Harden remained in Houston until 2021, when he was traded to the Brooklyn Nets, and went on to 76ers in 2022. As the new season begins, Harden will be playing with the Los Angeles Clippers.


Harden will join the likes of Russell Westbrook and PJ Tucker in Los Angeles, and fans hope he can help bring wins and playoff success to the Clippers.


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