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Stephen A.Smith believes the Brooklyn Nets won the Ben Simmons-James Harden trade

Stephen A.Smith

Stephen A. Smith thinks the Brooklyn Nets got the better end of the deal after James Harden and Ben Simmons swapped jerseys

Stephen A. Smith thinks the Brooklyn Nets got the better end of the deal after James Harden and Ben Simmons swapped jerseys before the NBA’s trade deadline closed.

"I see Brooklyn as the clear winner in this deal"

SAS chimed in on which team won the trade deadline deal. He made a guest appearance on NBA Today and discussed with Kendrick Perkins and Richard Jefferson why he thinks Harden is not the same Harden that played in Houston. 

“We’re watching what we’ve been watching over the last couple of years. As great as we know he is, he hasn’t been himself. Meaning, the guy that Daryl Morey was overseeing in Houston. Because he hasn’t been that guy. I’m wondering how long can he be that guy in Philadelphia. With KD, Kyrie and Ben Simmons and an extra big body on your frontline in Brooklyn, I see Brooklyn as the clear winner in this deal.”

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The Brooklyn Nets also secured the services of Seth Curry and Andre Drummond, on top of two first-round picks. Meanwhile, the Sixers got Paul Millsap to balance the numbers in the deal. On paper, the Nets won this one. They got younger and also has prepared for the future. The moves solved their need for a big body and a shooter. However, their chances of making the playoffs and the finals will still depend on Kyrie Irving’s availability and Ben Simmons’ commitment. 

On the other hand, the Philadelphia 76ers went from demanding future picks to giving up future picks to get The Beard. It’s a gamble that could pay off handsomely for Daryl Morey. The Sixers are managing just fine even without Simmons, and the addition of Harden can only propel the team forward. Giving Joel Embiid a former MVP and All-Star caliber talent to maximize his peak years is a no-brainer.

Other players’ reaction to the wild trade deadline 

With several high-profile names swapping jerseys, other players and personalities had to post their reactions on social media. 

Everyone felt the same way: shocked, excited, happy, ecstatic, surprised, and maybe disappointed. It will be an interesting second half of the season with the players in their new teams. But if there’s one thing trade deadline proves, which is reminding everyone that playing in the NBA is all about business. 

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