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SHAMS: NETS ‘PREPARING’ OFFER OF ALL FIRST ROUND PICKS FOR JAMES HARDEN

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Shams Charania reports that the Nets —and 76ers— are preparing final offers for James Harden with Brooklyn willing to part with ALL its first round picks going forward, seven in total.

Adrian Wojnarowski later confirmed the news, adding that Harden, a former MVP, eight time All-Star and three-time scoring champ, did not practice Wednesday.

Woj also reported that trade talks had picked up even before Harden’s comments.

What do the Rockets want from the 76ers? Marc Stein tweets the price is high.

Stein later reported that the 76ers are likely to be in the lead position, tweeting, “League sources say nothing has happened — yet — to dislodge the Sixers from their long-held position as the favorites to acquire Harden.”

Chris Mannix of Sports Illustrated reports a deal could be imminent.

Renewed reporting on Harden trade rumors began overnight with Harden telling a post-game Zoom call that he didn’t think there was any “fix” for him and the Rockets.

“We’re just not good enough,” Harden said after the Lakers blew out the Rockets. “Chemistry, talent-wise, everything. And it was clear the last few games. From the beginning of the game, they’re just a veteran team obviously, championship team, and one of the best teams we have in this league.”

A trade involving all the Nets future picks and swaps —seven in total— would not do the job. Players would have to be added on the Nets end to meet cap requirements. Brooklyn would have come up with $33 million in contracts ... or use a third team.

Earlier in the day, Nick Wright reported the Nets are offering anyone but Kevin Durant in a proposed deal.

There were rumors reported by The Athletic earlier Wednesday that Kyrie Irving could be included in a trade “centered” on the two superstar guards. Irving is on a prolonged “personal leave” that has already reached four games.

Specifically, here’s how a trade of all the Nets picks COULD work...

The Bucks sent five picks and swaps to the Pelicans in the preseason.