NBA trade deadline live updates: James Harden to 76ers, Ben Simmons to Nets in blockbuster

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The James Harden-Ben Simmons rumors are swirling, with the Brooklyn Nets and Philadelphia 76ers in a staring contest ahead of Thursday's 3 p.m. eastern time deadline. Harden reportedly wants a trade where he would unite with MVP candidate Joel Embiid and general manager Daryl Morey, who he played under in Houston for nearly a decade. Harden, 32, can become a free agent in the summer. Meanwhile, Simmons, 25, has sat out the entire season in hopes of a trade out of Philly.

With so many teams who believe they're close to championship or playoff contention, the few sellers have an advantage. That's where the 12-42 Detroit Pistons come in, under the direction of second-year GM Troy Weaver, vice chairman Arn Tellem, head coach Dwane Casey and owner Tom Gores.

Update: The Pistons made a move in the early afternoon Thursday, acquiring Marvin Bagley III in a seven-player, four-team trade.

Rarely do major moves at the deadline lead to a championship, with the recent exceptions being Marc Gasol to Toronto (2019), Rasheed Wallace to Detroit (2004) and Clyde Drexler to Houston (1995).

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The biggest names known to be discussed in potential trades include Pistons forward Jerami Grant, who is tantalizing in a league starved for athletic wings who can both shoot and defend multiple matchups. But Grant, according to reports, wants to maintain a large offensive role, has a list of teams he'd prefer to go to and wants a new contract — his deal worth $20 million annually expires after next season.

We've seen a few big trades already, with the Clippers acquiring Norman Powell and Robert Covington from the Blazers last week, and the Cavaliers getting Caris LeVert from the Pacers on Sunday.

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Tuesday saw multiple blockbusters, with C.J. McCollum going from Portland to New Orleans as the headliner, which was then outdone by the stunner: Sacramento sending Tyrese Haliburton and Buddy Hield to Indiana for a package around two-time All-Star Domantas Sabonis.

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