Last week, Philadelphia 76ers President of Basketball Operations Daryl Morey has realized his dream business scenario. After chasing James Harden more than a year ago when the star guard was unhappy with the Houston Rockets, Morey finally landed the ten-time All-Star after Harden made it known he wanted to leave Brooklyn.
Landing Harden, the Sixers also acquired Paul Millsap after sending Seth Curry, Andre Drummond, Ben Simmons and draft picks. The deal was struck hours before the trade deadline went into effect.
Later Thursday night, the Sixers officially announced the trade. However, it wouldn’t become official until Harden and Millsap arrived in Philadelphia to take their physicals.
Millsap and Harden weren’t there Friday night when the Sixers faced the Oklahoma City Thunder. According to team officials, they weren’t with the team at all. On Saturday, the last two acquisitions finally arrived in Philadelphia. While they weren’t supposed to play Saturday against the Cleveland Cavaliers, they underwent their physicals.
According to Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN, Harden and Millsap had their physicals on Saturday before the Sixers’ game against the Cavaliers. Now, the swap is official and players from both sides can return to the pitch when deemed ready by their organizations.
When will Millsap and Harden make their Sixers debut? The Sixers have yet to clarify that. As Harden has had hamstring issues lately and Millsap hasn’t seen the ground in the 19 minutes he played on January 13, both players have some work to do before they are ready. to dress for the Sixers for the first time.
Justin Grasso covers the Philadelphia 76ers for Sports Illustrated. You can follow him for live updates on Twitter: @JGrasso_.