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Philadelphia: Harden signs new two-year contract

Aurélie SACCHELLI, Media365, published on Thursday, July 21, 2022 at 10:20 am.

Philadelphia guard (or point guard) James Harden has agreed to terms with the Philadelphia 76ers to sign a new two-year, $68 million contract, with a player option for the second season.

As expected, James Harden will indeed remain in Philadelphia. Arriving last February from the Brooklyn 76ers as part of the trade for Ben Simmons, the quarterback (or leader) of almost 32 years (he will celebrate on August 26) chose not to activate the player option up to $47.4 million what he had in him. his contract for next season. So the most famous bearded man in world basketball had the choice to join wherever he wanted, but he decided to stay in Pennsylvania, for a lower salary. In search of a very first NBA title, Harden indeed decided to “sacrifice” himself by accepting a lower salary so that the franchise could recruit other good players. So he agreed with the 76ers to sign a new two-year contract for 68 million dollars: 33 million in 2022-23 and 35 million in 2023-24. The second season will be a player option, so he will decide if he wants to stay or not. This is the ever knowledgeable Adrian Wojnarowski ofESPN who disclosed the information on Wednesday.

21 points average for Harden in the regular season

James Harden averaged 21 points, 10.5 assists and 7.1 rebounds in 21 regular season games with Philadelphia last season, and 18.6 points, 8.6 assists and 5.7 rebounds in 12 playoff games. But it wasn’t enough. Eliminated in the conference semifinals by Miami last May, the 76ers still can’t take the final steps, they haven’t played a Conference Finals and NBA Finals since 2001 (with Allen Iverson and Dikembe Mutombo) or won an NBA title since 1983 (with Moses Malone and Julius Erving). They finally hope to achieve this next season, with their star duo James Harden – Joel Embiid, strengthened this summer by the arrival of PJ Tucker from Miami and Danuel House from Utah, not forgetting David Roddy, who is in the 23rd position is set up. Also with Tobias Harris, Tyrese Maxey or Matisse Thybulle, the 76ers have a lot to do well. But the competition is very tough.

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