- James Harden has bolstered the Clippers championship hopes with his arrival
- He joins a team led by Kawhi Leonard, Paul George and Russell Westbrook
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James Harden has arrived in Los Angeles after being traded to the Clippers in the early hours of Tuesday.
The guard finally got his move out of Philadelphia, as the Sixers dealt him, PJ Tucker and Filip Petrusev to LA in exchange for Marcus Morris, Nic Batum, Robert Covington, Kenyon Martin Jr. and multiple draft picks.
The trade means that Harden is now reunited with his ex-Thunder teammate Russell Westbrook, and the two were seen warmly greeting each other ahead of the Clippers’ matchup vs. the Magic.
As shown by a video posted to X, the pair shared a hug and a handshake before Tucker and Westbrook exchanged pleasantries as well.
Harden was also seen sitting next to fellow Clipper star Paul George before tip off. The former has not played yet this season and won’t be suiting up vs. Orlando.
James Harden and Paul George are seen sitting next to each other on Tuesday night
Harden was traded to the Clippers from the Sixers along with teammate P.J. Tucker (left)
James Harden and Russell Westbrook greeted each other on Tuesday night in Los Angeles
Harden and Westbrook were part of the Thunder’s 2011-12 squad that, along with Kevin Durant, made the NBA Finals before falling to the Heat.
The pair spent three years together in Oklahoma City, and were also briefly teammates in Houston.
Now reunited in LA, they have a chance to capture the title that has eluded both of them in their careers.
According to ESPN Stats and Info, the Clippers now have a 12-percent chance to win the title following the trade – the best in the Western Conference.
However, sportsbook FanDuel has them as the fifth-favorites for the championship at +1300, behind the Celtics (+370), Bucks (+410), Nuggets (+500) and Suns (+600).
The Clippers are off to a 2-1 start this season and will hope the addition of Harden brings their offense to another level.
The team has been a postseason fixture in the Leonard-George era but has made just one conference finals with the team built around that duo.