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NBA investigates possible inappropriate interactions of 76ers

PHILADELPHIA ( Associated Press) — The NBA is investigating the Philadelphia 76ers over potentially unfair negotiations to retain free agents James Harden, PJ Tucker and Danielle House, a person familiar with the matter said Friday.

The source, who requested anonymity as the investigation is ongoing, told The Associated Press that the club is cooperating with the investigation.

Harden signed contracts worth just over $68 million, of which 33 million correspond to the coming season and 35 million with an option for the 2023-2024 season.

However, Harden will earn $14.5 million less this coming season than his previous deal. Harden had $47.4 million with a substitute next season, but waived that salary and position last month because, he said, he wanted to give the 76ers the flexibility to beef up the roster to make them a title contender. can be made.

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ESPN reported on Friday that there are questions surrounding Harden and the club regarding a “goodwill agreement for a future contract”.

“Getting less money this year to sign players who are needed to help us fight and be the last team standing was very important to me,” Harden said in an interview with the Associated Press this month.

“I wanted to show the organization, the Sixers fans, and everyone else who supports what we’re trying to achieve, what I’m trying to achieve on a personal level, that this is me.”

Tucker signed a three-year, $30 million contract and House signed an $8.4 million, two-year deal.

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The Sixers were able to sign Tucker with the exception of two years off the salary cap and half of the House level as Harden waived his option.

If Harden had decided to exercise the option before its June 30 deadline, Philadelphia would have had a harder time finding financial options to attract free agents.

In 2019, the NBA tightened sanctions on clubs involved in unfair negotiations, which led to it stripping the Chicago Bulls of selection in the draft for their contacts with Lonzo Ball, and for deals with Kyle Lowry with the Miami Heat. Did the same. Summer of 2021.

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