It’s been almost two weeks since the Philadelphia 76ers and Brooklyn Nets shook up the NBA trade deadline when they made a trade that involved James Harden and Ben Simmons. During All-Star weekend in Cleveland, several players got a chance to voice their opinions on the trade.
The quotes were captured in an article by The Inquirer. One of the players that gave his opinion was former Sixer and Simmons teammate Jimmy Butler.
“It didn’t have too much to do with me or my team,” he said, but added, “I just want everybody to be happy and go out there and compete, smile and love the situation they’re in and just love the game.”
“If [Harden is] happy there, then that’s where I want him to be,” Butler said. “He’s with one of my best friends in Joel, and they got a really good team. I can’t wait to go up against them and see what we’re made of.”
Butler played most of the 2018-19 season in Philadelphia after he was traded by the Minnesota Timberwolves. He helped the team make it to the Eastern Conference semifinals, where they lost to the eventual NBA Champion, Toronto Raptors in seven games.
What the Rest are Saying
Speaking of the Raptors, Fred VanVleet was another All-Star that was asked about the Harden-Simmons trade.
“It shook things up,” said VanVleet. “There had been rumors, so it wasn’t like it was a super surprise. But to actually see it be final, it was like, ‘Wow, who would have ever thought?’