The Philadelphia 76ers’ title hopes were dashed after the Miami Heat finished the Eastern Conference semifinals with a 99-90 win in Thursday’s win-or-go-home Game 6.
In the aftermath of Philly’s season-ending loss, James Harden (11 points, four rebounds, nine assists) who had one of his worst playoff performances in his career in Game 6 was asked about his intentions to sign his player option and stay with the 76ers beyond the season, Harden revealed he wants to stay with the team.
“I’ll be here,” Harden said. “Yeah, I’ll be here. Whatever allows this team to continue to grow and get better and do the things necessary to win and compete at the highest level.”
James Harden when asked about opting in: “I’ll be here.”— Paul Hudrick (@PaulHudrick) May 13, 2022
The latest rumors coming out of Philly indicate that The Beard could negotiate an extension that will be worth less than the max contract he’s eligible for should he decide to opt into the final year of his current contract.
Furthermore, Harden said he’s just starting to feel like himself after dealing with persistent injuries. Harden also said he was excited to initiate his offseason training program.
Further, Harden said the past two years of dealing with hamstring issues have been long and he’s excited to initiate his offseason training program.
swish. pic.twitter.com/c3n6KbRffu— Philadelphia 76ers (@sixers) May 13, 2022