It’s a welcome boost from James Harden. The Philadelphia 76ers guard decided on Wednesday, the deadline for deciding, not to activate his $ 47 million player option to automatically extend his contract for one year.
But the multiple All-Star, who arrived last February from the Brooklyn Nets as part of a trade, should renegotiate his lease with his franchise, on the basis of a longer term and a lower annual salary, according to The Athletic. This would give its leaders more room to strengthen the workforce for next season, around Harden and Joel Embiid, the two stars of the workforce.
PJ Tucker approaching the Sixers?
The Philadelphia Inquirer thus announces the possible arrival of PJ Tucker, who played with Harden in Houston, when the current president of basketball operations of the Sixers, Daryl Morey, was general manager there.
Tucker and Harden rubbed shoulders in Houston, where they notably played in the Western Conference Finals in 2018. (USA TODAY SPORTS/Presse Sports)
Harden (32) spent more than eight seasons in Houston before forcing a trade with the Nets in January 2021. Last season, he averaged 22 points and 10.3 assists in 65 games with the Nets then the 76ers. But his team was eliminated in the second round of the play-offs by Miami. After that outing, Harden said he wanted to stay in Philadelphia and do whatever he could to help the team get stronger.
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