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When Daryl Morey joined the Philadelphia 76ers' front office last year, he was coming off of a longtime run with the Houston Rockets. While Morey made many moves in Houston, his James Harden acquisition remains his most significant roster upgrade.

After leaving Houston and joining the Sixers' front office, Morey attempted to trade for Harden for the second time in his career. As Harden grew disgruntled with the Rockets' organization and requested a trade, the Sixers were one of the top teams in the Harden sweepstakes.

However, when it was all said and done, the Sixers came up empty-handed. And the Brooklyn Nets landed the former MVP instead. There are mixed messages whether the Sixers truly had a shot to land Harden or not, considering Houston's frustration with Morey.

But one thing was certainly clear; the Sixers wanted Harden and were willing to move on from their former first-overall pick Ben Simmons and more to get him. 

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As there is a chance Harden could become available once again this summer, the Sixers are in a similar situation since it's believed they want to hold out hope for a possible Simmons-Harden swap once again.

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Justin Grasso covers the Philadelphia 76ers for Sports Illustrated. You can follow him for live updates on Twitter: @JGrasso_.