The NBA has opened an investigation to determine whether the contract extension of James Harden (32) with Philadelphia, announced on Wednesday, complies with transfer regulations, according to information from several American media.
According to the daily Philadelphia Inquirer and ESPN, the North American basketball league wants to determine if the Sixers and Harden had started discussions about the extension of his contract before the official opening of the transfer period, set for June 30, which is prohibited.
The rear-leader initially gave up activating the option allowing him to extend his contract for one season, which would have guaranteed him a salary of 47 million dollars (46 M€) in 2022-2023.
He then extended for two seasons, until 2024, for a total amount of $68.6 million (€67.2 million), thus accepting a significant reduction in salary, which is authorized, in order to allow Philadelphia to recruit two players, PJ Tucker and Danuel House.
Harden, crowned the best player (MVP) of the NBA in 2018, joined Philadelphia last February as part of a trade with the Brooklyn Nets, which welcomed on his side Ben Simmons.
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