NBA trade grades: Breaking down James Harden to the LA Clippers

After months of off-and-on negotiations between the Clippers and Sixers, James Harden is finally heading to his preferred team, where he'll team up with All-Stars Kawhi Leonard, Paul George and Russell Westbrook. Brian Rothmuller/Icon Sportswire

After months of speculation and public displays of distrust, James Harden is no longer with the team he called his "first choice" as recently as 2022: the Philadelphia 76ers.

The LA Clippers acquired Harden in a blockbuster trade with the Sixers early Tuesday morning, sources told ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski.

The 76ers traded Harden, P.J. Tucker and Filip Petrusev to the Clippers for Marcus Morris, Robert Covington, Nic Batum, KJ Martin, a 2028 unprotected first-round pick, two second-round picks, a 2029 pick swap and an additional first-round pick that will be routed from Oklahoma City, sources told ESPN.

The Clippers and a third team were still finalizing those details early Tuesday morning, sources said.

Harden, 34, requested a trade out of Philadelphia in June when he opted into his $35.6 million player option for the 2023-24 season. Harden had yet to play for Philadelphia this season, though he was on the bench with his teammates during Sunday's game.

We grade this blockbuster -- and all the trades! -- below:


Oct. 31: Harden, Tucker and Petrusev to the LA Clippers for Covington, Batum, Morris, Martin and picks

LA Clippers get:

G James Harden F

P.J. Tucker

F Filip Petrusev

2027 Least favorable first-round pick swap with Oklahoma City or Denver (if 6-30)

Philadelphia 76ers get:

F Robert Covington

F Nicolas Batum

F Marcus Morris

F Kenyon Martin Jr.

2026 first-round pick (the least favorable of OKC, LA Clippers and Houston (if 5-30)

2028 unprotected first-round pick from LA Clippers

2024 second round pick from either Indiana, Toronto, Cleveland or Utah

2029 second round pick from LA Clippers

2029 first-round pick swap via LA Clippers

Oklahoma City Thunder get:

2027 first-round pick swap via Clippers