Arrived during the season on the side of the Philadelphia Sixers, James Harden saw his contract end this summer. Wishing to continue the adventure with his new franchise, the former Nets player had the possibility of activating his player option amounting to nearly €46 million. A free agent, he subsequently re-signed a new contract with the Sixers, but for a much lower amount. Harden therefore revealed the reasons for this sacrifice…
The career of James Harden is a bit strange in recent years. At the peak of his art on the side of Houston Rocketsthe Bearded had yet to win any title. Harden had therefore decided to take a step by joining Kevin Durant and Kyrie Irving to Brooklyn Nets in 2021! The three stars would form a super team to quickly win the title. A dream for Harden ! But the project quickly fell through, we can even speak of one of the biggest fiascos in the history of the NBA. With this dream trio, brooklyn won’t even reach the conference finals. James Harden therefore took a radical decision: to leave the Brooklyn Nets a year after his arrival. But not to join any team. The leader left on the side of the Philadelphia Sixers to form an incredible duo with Joel Embiid. The objective was the same as when he arrived in brooklyn : win the title. But like in New York, Harden again failed at the gates of the conference finals.
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Harden declines his player option!
At the end of the season, James Harden saw his contract come to an end and had the possibility of activating his player option to €46 million among Philadelphia Sixers. But against all odds, Harden has refused ! the Bearded then became a free agent. But eager to continue the adventure with his new franchise, Harden re-signed but for a much lower amount. He will now only receive “more than €32.3 million” over two years. A profit of almost €15 million for Philadelphia !
He only wants the title
But then why such a decision? Why cut his salary by a third? James Harden reconsidered his choice for Yahoo! Sports. The former MVP worked for the team: “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. […] 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 willing to take less money to put us in a position to accomplish this”. The objective is therefore very clear: James Harden wants to win the title is done for. Thanks to his sacrifice, the star therefore allowed Philadelphia to be able to increase its workforce more easily. Thus, the Sixers have already been able to get their hands on PJ Tucker, De’Anthony Melton and Daniel Housesolid “role players”.
Harden warns the league
James Harden is therefore more motivated than ever to finally win his first ring. The playmaker of Sixers had also wanted to send a big message to the rest of the league for the magazine High Time. He, who has not been at his best in recent years, is ready to return to the top: “For the past two years, I’ve had to deal with hamstring issues, and that’s not something to joke about. For me this summer is an opportunity to do myself a favour, to work to regain the elite level that I am able to have and that I will have when I resume.”. The NBA is warned, it will be necessary to count on Harden and the Sixers next season…