James Harden and the Philadelphia 76ers reach an agreement

 | July 21, 2022


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The superstar's new deal features a player option for the 2023-24 season.

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James Harden is staying in Philadelphia after questions surrounding his contract loomed. The superstar guard is on a two-year $68.6m contract with a player option in the 2023-24 season.

Sources told ESPN that the deal guarantees Harden $33m for next season and the opportunity to decline his $35.6m player option and negotiate another free agent deal next summer.

Harden declined his $47.4m player option this season to help the 76ers acquire more talent. By freeing up salary cap space the 76ers were able to bring in P.J. Tucker and Danuel House.

Harden has said several times that what he’s looking for is a championship. He believes the only way that he can do that is to bring the best players over to fit the team. With Tucker and House, the 76ers can have a dominant second group come out when the starters sit.

Harden is a 10-time All-Star and a six-time first-team All-NBA guard. Last season, he averaged 22 points and 10.3 assists across 65 games with the Nets and Sixers.

While he spent a significant portion of last season with the Nets, the 76ers seem to be a better fit for Harden. Along with Tyrese Maxey, Tobias Harris, and Joel Embiid, this team could be the next NBA champions.

Harden told Yahoo Sports: “I had conversations with [team president] Daryl [Morey], and it was explained how we could get better and what the market value was for certain players. I told Daryl to improve the roster, sign who we needed to sign and give me whatever is left over.”

This team-first mentality could give Harden exactly what he’s looking for, an NBA Finals Championship.

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