So Fitting That Notorious PIA James Harden’s Trade To The Clippers Kept Woj And Shams Up Past 2 AM Warring For Scoops

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You gotta love the NBA scoop wars between ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski and Shams Charania of The Athletic/Stadium. How appropriate that the waking nightmare of James Harden’s latest team hostage-holding situation carried over into the early hours of Halloween.

Not only were Woj and Shams sweating it out once their phones were blown up with NBA sources at around 2 a.m. ET, but Harden is an arrogant, entitled phony who doesn’t even need to dress up in a costume for the holiday.

Look at these elite NBA insiders squabbling over scraps of intel on The Beard’s fourth trade since 2021, this time from the Philadelphia 76ers to the Los Angeles Clippers.

We can officially label this a Woj Bomb! He beat Shams to the initial scoop, and when Shams tried to come over the top with the trade package, Woj got him by a single minute! WHEW.

Good on Shams for giving us a little more clarity on the draft picks later this morning.

…Until Woj tacked on a couple more details to get another edge on his rival. Will also attach Shams’ story below.

These are like two heavyweight fighters throwing haymakers at each other. Shams was decked to the canvas on the initial Harden trade break, but did an admirable job playing catch-up to make the final scorecard closer.

I’m more partial to Shams than Woj in terms of personality and so forth. Maybe it’s just because Shams is younger and has wooed Kay Adams without even a suggestion of effort in doing so. Or maybe it’s because Woj has the most unorthodox, randomly-pausing speech cadence I’ve ever seen from any power player in the sports industry.

I wrote recently on Woj’s report about the Clippers cooling off on Harden. The Sixers told him not to even bother reporting to the team for their first few games of the new season. How soon things change, eh?

Philadelphia GM Daryl Morey was holding out for the best package possible consequences be damned, and well, looks like Morey got a bit of a scrapheap of players in the end. For someone who’s as damaged of an asset as Harden is, though, it’s quite the maneuver on Morey’s part to at least pull something off and get two premium draft assets. LA has basically lost all its wing depth, too, outside of oft-injured stars Kawhi Leonard and Paul George.

But yo… Halloween is the trade deadline in the NFL. We weren’t supposed to get a blockbuster NBA trade at this time! Of course Schefty was up at 4 a.m. to acknowledge the bomb by his four-letter network colleague:

PS I love that this graphic of James Harden from Woj’s breaking news X post cuts off at his head. Gives me real headless horseman/Sleepy Hollow vibes.

Fitting for the Halloween spirit — and also apropos in the sense that Harden pretty much uses zero brainpower when deciding the next moves for his career. He seems to think getting out of shape, whining your way out of a city and quitting on your teammates is the proper way to conduct oneself.

However Philly’s new players are utilized, Harden’s departure from the 76ers is more addition by subtraction for the organization. Joel Embiid will no longer have his admirable patience wearing even thinner by answering questions about Harden’s nonsense. Plus, this opens up Tyrese Maxey to emerge as the Sixers’ second superstar. Maxey seems like the anti-Harden and that’s meant as the highest compliment.

So uhh…hey Clippers! Good luck with James Harden. With The Beard and Kawhi as two of your key team leaders, I can’t imagine how that could go wrong! Clips owner Steve Ballmer will of course be way over-excited about this, only to likely see Los Angeles bow out in the second round of the playoffs or thereabouts once again.

I guess part of me is rooting for the Harden-Russell Westbrook reunion from their shared beginning in Oklahoma City to finally net them a championship.

Russ and Harden have been so maligned and taken so many slings and arrows for not winning a title to date. It’d be cool if they teamed up to do it on some level.

On the other hand, because we’re talking about James Harden here…

A beer bottle on a dock



A beer bottle on a dock