James Harden contract: 76ers star declines $47.3 million option for 2022-23, reportedly set to sign new deal with team

James Harden continues his career with the Philadelphia 76ers. On Wednesday, the veteran guard chose his $47.3 million player option for the 2022-23 season, but is expected to sign a new contract with the Sixers once the free agency begins, according to Shams Charania from The Athletic† By opting out of his player option, Harden is giving the Sixers more financial flexibility to help improve the rest of the roster this summer around him and MVP runner-up Joel Embiid.

After the Sixers were knocked out in the Eastern Conference semifinals by the Miami Heat in the Eastern Conference semifinals last month, Harden said he would take a pay cut at short notice to help the team build a legitimate contender. , and it seems he has lived up to his word.

“I’ll be here. [I’ll do] whatever it takes to help this team grow and put us among the best of them,” Harden said at the time. “We’re trying to win a championship. That’s the goal. Whatever that looks like.”

The Sixers traded Ben Simmons, Seth Curry, Andre Drummond, and a few guitar picks to the Brooklyn Nets in February to land Harden, and the team’s plan has always been to keep the former MVP in a Sixers uniform for the foreseeable future. “That’s the plan to have him back. That’s the plan since the trade,” Sixers president of basketball operations Daryl Morey said: van Harden after the Philadelphia season ended.

“Obviously we have to work with his representation and that will be between us to find out how that works,” Morey added. “… He is an incredibly talented player just like Joel [Embiid]just like Tobias [Harris]and I’m excited about Doc [Rivers] and his staff to have an entire off-season, work with the players and come up with the best plan for the roster.”

In 21 regular-season games with the Sixers last season, Harden averaged 21.0 points, 10.5 assists, 7.1 rebounds and 1.2 steals per appearance. His production dropped slightly in 12 games after the Philadelphia season, and at times it seemed like he had lost a step compared to his best playing days. However, the hope is that Harden will get back into shape after a healthy outdoor season.

“I’ve been trying to get through the course of a basketball season for two years in a row,” Harden said last month. “And it’s like, it’s not. You know what I mean? I was rehab all last summer. It was a little frustrating because I’m not used to going through something like that, but it is what it is. I’m just glad I’m healthy now. I have a whole summer to be honest and do the things it takes to come back even better next year.”

Details of Harden’s next contract with the Sixers are yet to be worked out, but it certainly looks like he’s committed to the franchise, given that he turned down his option to help the team financially. Now it’s in the Philadelphia front office to figure out a way to build a better – and deeper – roster around the duo of Harden and Embiid, as the roster they had last season was clearly not good enough.

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