Wednesday, August 10, 2022

Associated Press source: Harden rejected $47M option with Philadelphia

James Harden is taking less with the hope that the Philadelphia 76ers can do more.

A person familiar with the situation said that Harden opted not to exercise his $47.4 million option for the next season and would become a free agent – but there would be no design if he left Philadelphia. Harden decided to allow the 76ers the flexibility to sign other players this summer, the person who spoke to the Associated Press on condition of anonymity, as neither side has publicly confirmed those plans. Didn’t.

That will be a major factor when the NBA opens the free agency negotiating window on Thursday at 6 p.m. Eastern, with Philadelphia among the teams expected to target Miami forward PJ Tucker.

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The most likely scenario for Harden now is this: The 10-time All-Star signed a new deal with Philadelphia, close to that $47.4 million number after the team addressed other needs and became a true championship contender. prospects improved. in 2023. Had Harden opted out before his Wednesday afternoon deadline, Philadelphia would have had a more difficult time finding financial avenues to lure free agents.

His decision on Wednesday supported what Harden said on May 12, when Philadelphia’s season ended in the second round of the playoffs – a six-game loss to top-seeded Miami.

“I’ll be here,” Harden said that night when asked about his future. “Yeah, I’ll be here. Whatever makes this team, whatever allows this team to grow and get better and do the things necessary to win and compete at the highest level.”

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Harden is a three-time scoring champion and averaged 22.0 points and 10.3 assists during his time with Brooklyn and Philadelphia last season. The seven-time All-NBA player was the 2018 NBA MVP and a member of the league’s 75th-anniversary team.

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