Focused on the title, James Harden gave up a “player option” of 47.3 million dollars to re-enter the Sixers with a much lower salary. “The Beard” has thus initialed a new two-year contract, with an optional second year, but he will only receive “more” than 32.7 million dollars next season!
A “gift” of almost $ 15 million to Philly, which the 2018 MVP explains by his desire to win.
“I had conversations with Daryl (Morey, the president of the Sixers), and I was told how we could improve and what the value of certain players was” he explains to Yahoo! Sports. “I told Daryl to improve the squad, sign the players we needed and give me what was left. It shows how much I want to win. I want to fight for a title. That’s all that matters to me at this point. I am prepared to take less money to put us in a position to accomplish this. »
Reunion with PJ Tucker and Danuel House
A strategy that allowed Daryl Morey to recruit old acquaintances (PJ Tucker, Danuel House), who had already met in Houston, or to sign the MVP of the 2021/22 G-League season (Trevelin Queen).
While getting his hands on De’Anthony Melton during an exchange with Danny Green.
“I think we have a much denser team”explains James Harden. “It’s something we were looking for. If you look at our team now, we are positioned to go much further. I like how we compare to other top teams. »
PJ Tucker, De’Anthony Melton and Danuel House are indeed solid role players, who should relieve the Harden/Embiid duo, both in defense and in attack.
On the same wavelength as Joel Embiid
What allow “The Beard” to find the impact of its most beautiful seasons?
“I don’t really listen to what people say” he responds to the criticism of his impact at the Sixers. “I was not in very good health last season and I still almost shot in triple-double average. If anyone else had those numbers, we’d talk about them getting the max. People used to see me with an average of 40, 30 points, and so they considered it a down year. I was in Philadelphia for two months and had to learn on the fly. It was like that. I’m physically and mentally fine right now, and I’m looking forward to next season. »
Especially since he assures that his relationship with Joel Embiid is in good shape.
“I speak with Joel frequently and we have meetings about how we are going to play and what we need to do to help our team win the title. When there are two of the best players in their position in the same team, it is an excellent base for construction. We will grow together and try to lead this team to the top. I believe we can do it together”.
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