James Harden is returning to Philadelphia, as expected. Harden has agreed to a two-year, $68.6 million contract extension with the 76ers, according to USA TODAY Sports. ESPN and Yahoo Sports first reported the contract. According to ESPN, the agreement includes a player option for the 2023-24 season. Also, his salary had significantly reduced as a result of the contract. He declined to exercise his $47.3 million player option for 2022-23 on the eve of free agency. Harden indicated his desire to work with the Sixers on a new contract that would provide the team with the more financial flexibility to make roster improvements this offseason.
“It was important to me this year to take less money. Also, sign as many players as we needed to help us contend and be the last team standing,” Harden told the Associated Press earlier this week. “I wanted to show the organization, Sixers fans, and everyone who supports what we’re trying to do, what I’m trying to do individually, that this is what I’m about.”
Sixers signed free agents PJ Tucker and Danuel House
However, the Sixers signed free agents PJ Tucker and Danuel House. Also, they acquired De’Anthony Melton in a trade with the Memphis Grizzlies.
“We got some great pieces this summer, so now it’s time for us to go do the work and effort,” said Harden, who turns 33 on Aug. 26.
Moreover, James Harden was acquired from the Brooklyn Nets in a blockbuster trade at the deadline in February and averaged 21.0 points, 10.5 assists, and 7.1 rebounds in 21 games for the Sixers down the stretch. Also, Harden averaged 18.6 points, 8.6 assists, and 5.7 rebounds. During the playoffs, before falling to the Miami Heat in the second round.
Brooklyn traded Harden from the Houston Rockets in the 2020-2021 season. The Nets had championship aspirations alongside Harden, Kevin Durant, and Kyrie Irving. However, the trio only appeared in 16 games together. Harden has later traded to Philadelphia for Ben Simmons, Seth Curry, and Andre Drummond.
In present 2022-2023, James Harden will enter his 14th season. He was drafted third in 2009 and is a 10-time All-Star and seven-time All-NBA selection. In October, he won the 2018 MVP award and was named to the NBA’s 75th Anniversary Team. To make the most money from sports betting, you need to find the best odds at okbet.
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