James Harden has reportedly signed a two-year deal, according to NBA insider Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN.
Harden will make $33M for the 2022-2023 season, and has the player option for $35.6M in 2023-2024, sources tell ESPN. He can move right back into free agency next summer and negotiate another new deal. https://t.co/9UM0LArYzH— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) July 20, 2022
Harden opted out of his player option in June to facilitate a better deal that would give Daryl Morey the flexibility to build a more robust and deeper roster around Harden and Joel Embiid. Harden ended up taking a $15 million pay cut for next season and signed the two-year deal with a player option that Morey and the 76ers offered to him.
Harden declining the $47.4M player option for the 2022-2023 season allowed the Sixers to use the full mid-level exception on free agent PJ Tucker and the bi-annual exception to sign Danuel House.— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) July 20, 2022
Harden is coming off his 10th All-Star selection in 13 seasons. He averaged 22.0 points, 10.3 assists, and 7.7 rebounds per game during the 2021-22 campaign. Those numbers dipped to 18.6 points, 5.7 boards, and 8.6 dimes per game during the playoffs.
The 76ers and Harden believe that the 2018 MVP will bounce back and be better than ever after a complete offseason training program,