James Harden, Sixers Agree To Two-Year Deal
Philadelphia 76ers star guard James Harden has recently penned a new two-year, $68.6 million deal, according to ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski. This means that Harden will take an eye-watering $14 million pay cut to allow the Sixers to sign forward P.J. Tucker and guard Danuel House. Both are Harden’s former teammates in Houston Rockets.
Tucker has reportedly agreed to a three-year, $33.2 million deal, while House will sign a two-year, $8.5 million deal, per FOX Sports. House averaged 5.9 points, 2.6 rebounds, and one assist with the Utah Jazz last season. Sixers president of basketball operations Daryl Morey was pretty happy with the signing so far and praised the team’s new player.
"bring the band back together,"
- Daryl Morey
Harden has a player option in the 2nd year
Harden, the 10-time All-Star, will earn $33 million for the 2022-23 season after he opted out his $47.4 million player option last month. The Beard played 21 regular-season games for the Sixers last season. He averaged 21 points, 10.5 assists and 7.1 rebounds per game.
Harden will make $33M for the 2022-2023 season, and has the player option for $35.6M in 2023-2024, sources tell ESPN. He can move right back into free agency next summer and negotiate another new deal. https://t.co/9UM0LArYzH
— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) July 20, 2022
Most Points in the last decade
In terms of all-time lefty players in the game, Harden is currently the highest all-time lefty. His versatility and dangerousness make him one of the best scorers in the NBA. Euro steps and step-back jumpers are among his many offensive moves. In the 2010s, Harden was also famous for his ability to draw contact, which led to him getting to the free-throw line, where he converted over 85% of his shots.
“THE ALL-STAR LOOKED OUT OF SHAPE DURING THE SEASON.” PATRICK SAID, “PERFORMANCE IN THE PLAYOFFS: UNDERWHELMING. JAMES HARDEN, SHOW UP IN SHAPE. … A HOMETOWN DISCOUNT IS NICE, BUT I’D RATHER YOU PUSHED YOURSELF AWAY FROM THE HOMETOWN BUFFET.”
- Dan Patrick
An act of selflessness?
Sports pundit and former NFL player Shannon Sharpe shared his thoughts on the new Harden’s contract, and he was disappointed that the Beard has opted for less money, but Philadelphia did not chase All-Star caliber players to strengthen their roster for the upcoming new season.
.@ShannonSharpe on James Harden taking a $14M pay cut with new 76ers contract:
"I hate when guys give up money voluntarily. The GMs take these 1-2 isolated events where guys take less, win, and try to paint the whole NBA and say, 'You too can be like the San Antonio Spurs.'" pic.twitter.com/EbjsRHcEfo
— UNDISPUTED (@undisputed) July 21, 2022
"But they gave a three-year deal to 37-year-old P.J. Tucker. I love Tuck, but that's really risky. … We see teams that are willing to pay. Steph Curry hasn't taken no pay cut. … You can spend money and still be in the championship game."
- Shannon Sharpe
James Edward Harden Jr. is an American professional basketball player for the Philadelphia 76ers of the National Basketball Association .wikipedia
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