Breaking the Harden Trade

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On paper, the Nets ripped off the Sixers just before the trade deadline, but Philly was already thriving without Ben Simmons. Adding James Harden can only make the Sixers stronger. The two teams meet on March 10.



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Thursday’s blockbuster trade appears to have tipped the balance in the Eastern Conference — in favor of the Brooklyn Nets — but the deal isn’t as one-sided as it seems.

Thursday, the Nets traded James Harden and Paul Millsap to the Philadelphia 76ers for Ben Simmons, Seth Curry, Andre Drummond and two first-round picks.

nets wanted to a big blow for Harden, and they got it. Meanwhile, Harden got his wish and getting ready for a big payday In the process.

  • As part of the deal, Harden opted for his $47.3 million player option.
  • After the 2022-23 season, Harden will be to become the first NBA player to earn $60 million in one season.
  • Harden was already interested in signing with Philadelphia this summer corn would have lost around 70 to 100 million dollars if he was just walking in free will.
  • The Nets recover two of the first four rounds in their original 2020 deal for Harden.

If it looks like Philly has given up too much, the outlook isn’t so bad. The Sixers are just 2.5 games out of the lead — and more importantly, they managed to offload Simmons, who hasn’t played a single game this season after a fallout with the organization.

And now, Joel Embiid has a certified superstar helping him – even though the former MVP is having the second-worst shooting year of his career (41.4%) while leading the league in turnover per game (4.8).

The Nets now have two of the top five 3-point shooters of all time (Curry, Joe Harris) – and actually saved some money in the deal, Chopped off their luxury tax payment of approximately $15 million.

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On Thursday, Nathan Chen captured the only thing that eluded him in an otherwise sparkling career.

Although he holds several world records and has dominated the world championships since 2018, the 22-year-old American never won olympic goldnotably contenting himself with bronze in the team event and fifth place in the singles in Pyeongchang.

In Beijing, Chen topped his competition with a final combined score of 332.60 — 22 points better than Japanese silver medalist Yuma Kagiyama – cementing his place among the all-time greats and bolstering his already strong marketability.

  • He is the seventh American to win gold in figure skating — and the first since Evan Lysacek (2010 in Vancouver).
  • Chen is a three-time world champion and has won six national titles.
  • It went 1,344 days from 2018 to 21 without losing a skating competition.
  • In 2018, he landed the first quadruple jump in Olympic history.

Despite declining Olympic viewership, the Beijing Games are on course to be the lowest rated The Winter Games in history – Chen will continue to be the face of sports.

The “Quad King” has long-term endorsement agreements with brands such as Visa, Nike, Toyota and Bridgestone, contributing to a estimated net worth of $2.5 million.

Chen is clearly unbeatable right now – and he’ll be just 26 at the 2026 Winter Games in Italy.


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Snowboarding legend Shaun White is retiring after these Olympics, but another superstar is set to be the only face of the sport.

Chloe Kim successfully defended her 2018 gold medal with a score of 94.00 in her first of three medal round races – becoming the first woman to win multiple gold medals in the Olympic Snowboard Halfpipe.

The 21-year-old has already built a amazing resumehaving essentially dominated the pipe for his entire career.

  • She holds the highest score in women’s Olympic halfpipe history with a final of 98.25 at the 2018 Games.
  • The California native has won medals in her eight X Games superpipe appearances since 2014.
  • Her six gold medals at the X Games are one shy of Kelly Clark’s record.
  • At 15, she became the first woman to score a perfect 100 at the 2016 United States Grand Prix – the only other snowboarder to do so is White.

Kim’s impact goes far beyond the halfpipe. In 2018, its limited edition corn flakes the box sold out in seven hours and she is part of the line of Barbie dolls commemorating the inspiring women of history.

She has yet to cross the million-dollar threshold – her valued net worth is $400,000 – but with sponsorships with brands like Nike, Monster Energy and Toyota, it won’t take much longer.

Numbers aside, Kim is expected to be the face of the U.S. Winter Olympics team for years to come.

NBA: The Pistons acquired Marvin Bagley III in a four-team trade that sent Rodney Hood and Semi Ojeleye to the Clippers, Serge Ibaka and two second-round picks to the Bucks, and Donte DiVincenzo, Trey Lyles and Josh Jackson to the Kings, per Adrian Wojnarowski.

NCAAW: Villanova ended UConn’s 145-game regular season conference winning streak; the No. 8 Huskies hadn’t lost a conference game since March 2013 — the longest streak in NCAA women’s basketball history.

MLB: Commissioner Rob Manfred said the league will present a new proposal to the union on Saturday in a bid to end the lockout and is optimistic the season will start on time; Manfred claimed the parties had agreed on a universal designated hitter.

NHL: The Oilers have fired coach Dave Tippett. Also: After firing Dominique Ducharme, the Canadiens introduced Martin St. Louis as interim coach; the Canucks named former Olympic women’s hockey gold medalist Cammi Granato assistant general manager.

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