With James Harden, the Philadelphia 76ers were essentially at a stalemate going into the 2023–24 season.
The Los Angeles Clippers are most frequently mentioned as Harden's potential new team. Kendrick Perkins, a former teammate of Harden's, clarified why the Los Angeles Lakers ought to think about signing Harden.
"I might try to trade for James Harden if I were the Los Angeles Lakers. To tell the truth, Anthony Davis would be better served by James Harden joining the Lakers rather than the Clippers.
"How about trading for him if you want to get him good, easy looks like James Harden did for Joel Embiid last season?" Perkins stated on October 27 on ESPN's NBA Today.
Currently, LeBron James and Anthony Davis are the two Lakers contracts that they could possibly trade for Harden.
Without a doubt, the Lakers wouldn't give up either of them for Harden. It won't be possible to transfer D'Angelo Russell,
Rui Hachimura, or Gabe Vincent until December 14. After his extension, Austin Reaves won't be tradeable until January 14.
The Lakers would probably need to wait until close to Christmas for a Sixers-Lakers deal to occur.