James Harden against Toronto in the 2022 NBA playoffs. Apr 18, 2022; Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA; Philadelphia 76ers guard James Harden (1) reacts after a score against the Toronto Raptors during the first quarter in game two of the first round for the 2022 NBA playoffs at Wells Fargo Center. Mandatory Credit: Bill Streicher-USA TODAY Sports

Once the NBA season is officially over, the NBA Draft will be upon us and there is already some news coming out that may shake up the field.

Adrian Wojnarowski is reporting that the Brooklyn Nets have decided to defer taking the Philadelphia 76ers’ first-round pick in the 2022 draft until next season. The Nets had the option to do so as part of the James Harden-Ben Simmons trade.

The Nets are hoping that they can move up in next year’s draft if the 76ers have a successful season.

The Harden/Simmons trade didn’t accomplish the ultimate goals of either team. Simmons was hurt the entire season and couldn’t make an impact in the playoffs while Harden couldn’t lead his new team to the Eastern Conference Finals, a huge disappointment for the Sixers.

The Nets are now placing their hopes on the 76ers having a good season next year and that Simmons gets over his injuries to contribute.

The team is also depending on Simmons, Kevin Durant, and Kyrie Irving to be healthy and ready to play next year. Durant and Irving only played in seven games together this season. That, along with Simmons’s injuries, are the main reason the Nets didn’t have a  really successful season and were bounced early in the playoffs.


About Stacey Mickles

Stacey is a 1995 graduate of the University of Alabama who has previously worked for other publications such as Sportskeeda and Saturday Down South.