James Harden, 76ers Agree to 2-Year, $69M Contract with Player Option

By: The Trend Wire

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Philadelphia 76ers and James Harden have reportedly reached an agreement on a two-year, $69 million contract with a player option for the second year.

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In order to help the Sixers sign free agents P.J. Tucker and Danuel House this offseason

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Harden, 32, turned down a $47.3 million player option for the 2022–23 campaign and took a roughly $14.3 million salary reduction.

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By choosing to leave and accepting a pay cut, Harden allowed the Sixers to sign House to a two-year, $8.4 million contract and Tucker to a three-year

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$33 million contract using the biannual exception without going over their hard-capped team's tax threshold

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According to Bobby Marks of ESPN, the athlete's second-year player option gives him the power to veto any deals that might involve him in the future season.

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The reduced contract also gives Harden another chance to boost his market value this upcoming season

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after a somewhat underwhelming postseason in which he averaged 18.6 points and 8.6 assists per game while making just 13.2 attempts per game

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However, he has maintained that his main focus was making sure the Sixers had the flexibility to improve their roster, and consequently, their title chances.