James Harden arrives with Clippers: Sixers castoff reunites with ex-Thunder teammate Russell Westbrook and greets Paul George as LA emerges as the Western Conference's favorite

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By Jake Nisse For Dailymail.Com

Published: 23:05 EDT, 31 October 2023 | Updated: 23:13 EDT, 31 October 2023

James Harden has arrived successful Los Angeles aft being traded to nan Clippers successful nan early hours of Tuesday.

The defender yet sewage his move retired of Philadelphia, arsenic nan Sixers dealt him, PJ Tucker and Filip Petrusev to LA successful speech for Marcus Morris, Nic Batum, Robert Covington, Kenyon Martin Jr. and aggregate draught picks.

The waste and acquisition intends that Harden is now reunited pinch his ex-Thunder teammate Russell Westbrook, and nan 2 were seen warmly greeting each different up of nan Clippers' matchup vs. nan Magic.

As shown by a video posted to X, nan brace shared a hug and a handshake earlier Tucker and Westbrook exchanged pleasantries arsenic well.

Harden was besides seen sitting adjacent to chap Clipper prima Paul George earlier extremity off. The erstwhile has not played yet this play and won't beryllium suiting up vs. Orlando.

James Harden and Paul George are seen sitting adjacent to each different connected Tuesday night

Harden was traded to nan Clippers from nan Sixers on pinch teammate P.J. Tucker (left)

James Harden and Russell Westbrook greeted each different connected Tuesday nighttime successful Los Angeles

Harden and Westbrook were portion of nan Thunder's 2011-12 squad that, on pinch Kevin Durant, made nan NBA Finals earlier falling to nan Heat.

The brace spent 3 years together successful Oklahoma City, and were besides concisely teammates successful Houston.

Now reunited successful LA, they person a chance to seizure nan title that has eluded some of them successful their careers.

According to ESPN Stats and Info, nan Clippers now person a 12-percent chance to triumph nan title pursuing nan waste and acquisition - nan champion successful nan Western Conference.

However, sportsbook FanDuel has them arsenic nan fifth-favorites for nan title astatine +1300, down nan Celtics (+370), Bucks (+410), Nuggets (+500) and Suns (+600).

The Clippers are disconnected to a 2-1 commencement this play and will dream nan summation of Harden brings their discourtesy to different level.

The squad has been a postseason fixture successful nan Leonard-George era but has made conscionable 1 convention finals pinch nan squad built astir that duo.

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