All summer long, NBA fans were curious to see what the Los Angeles Clippers would do to acquire James Harden.
There had been numerous reports about which players and assets they were willing to trade for Harden and which were off-limits.
Apparently, Terance Mann has been one of the off-limits players, as the Clippers don’t want to exchange him for Harden.
But according to Jake Fischer, via NBACentral, the Clippers were willing to trade him for Jrue Holiday.
Fischer reported that the Clippers offered Mann to the Portland Trail Blazers when Portland still had Holiday’s contract.
That didn’t pan out, however, and Holiday eventually made his way to the Boston Celtics, which leaves Clippers fans left to wonder what could have been.
The Clippers reportedly offered Terance Mann to the Trailblazers in a trade for Jrue Holiday, per @JakeLFischer
While they were open to trading Mann for Holiday, they were not prepared to do so for James Harden pic.twitter.com/VAHCRwr5ZH
— NBACentral (@TheDunkCentral) October 27, 2023
This news is further confirmation that, while the Clippers do want Harden, they aren’t going to bend over backward to get him.
Mann has always been a sticking point in trade talks between the Clippers and Philadelphia 76ers.
The 76ers want him in a Harden trade, but the Clippers have repeatedly said no.
The fact that they said no to trading Mann for Harden but yes to trading him for Holiday says a lot about the demand for Harden.
Mann is a great young player who averaged 8.8 points, 3.4 rebounds, and 2 assists last season.
He has shown a lot of promise, and many people believe he could have a breakout year in 2023-24.
As for Harden, he still remains in NBA limbo, technically signed to the 76ers but not currently playing with them.
The Sixers are not going to get Mann for Harden, which begs the question of whether they’re willing to soften their stance and accept a different deal.NEXT: Clippers Teammate Compares Kawhi Leonard To 3 NBA Legends