One of the stars of the NBA, James Harden (32) remains with the Philadelphia 76ers. According to the American media, Harden and the Sixers have agreed on a two-year contract extension worth 68.6 million dollars. The contract guarantees Harden $33 million for next season and the opportunity to decline the $35.6 million option for the second year and find a new team.
Harden, who turns 33 next month, averaged 22 points and 10.3 assists in 65 games for the Nets and Sixers last season. The Olympic champion with the US national team joined Philadelphia in February after just over a year with the Brooklyn Nets.
Brooklyn traded him to Philly as part of a big deal that also included Ben Simmons joining the Nets. Before that, the 10-time All-Star played for the Houston Rockets for more than eight seasons. “I had conversations with Daryl, and it was explained how we could get better and what the market value was for certain players.
I told Daryl to improve the roster, sign who we needed to sign and give me whatever is left over,” Harden told Yahoo Sports' Chris Haynes on Sunday. “This is how bad I want to win. I want to compete for a championship.
That’s all that matters to me at this stage. I’m willing to take less to put us in position to accomplish that”. Because they used the bi-annual and standard mid-level exceptions, the Sixers are "hard capped" this season at the luxury tax apron of approximately $157 million.
Harden's $33 million salary will put the team at about $153.6 million, per Spotrac. Including Harden, the Sixers have 12 players on fully guaranteed NBA contracts. Trevelin Queen and Charles Bassey are on partially guaranteed deals, while Paul Reed and Isaiah Joe have non-guaranteed contracts.
Charlie Brown Jr. and Julian Champagnie are the team's current two-way contract players. Undrafted rookie big man Michael Foster Jr. signed an Exhibit 10 contract last week.