James Harden to average $40-45 million per year on a short-team deal from 76ers?

The closer free agency draws, the louder rumblings become that James Harden will re-sign with the Philadelphia 76ers. There’s been a recent belief that Harden could command an average annual salary of $40-45 million per year on a short-term deal from the Sixers after previously taking a discount with the Sixers to help the team land PJ Tucker.
Source: Michael Scotto @ HoopsHype

What’s the buzz on Twitter?

Ryan Ward @RyanWardLA
At this point, no one seems to think James Harden is leaving Philly, but if he does, there are a few destinations that have made the list, via @betonline_ag – Rockets (no brainer), Spurs, Clippers, Mavs, Heat, Suns and Lakers (14/1 – Perk is out of his mind) pic.twitter.com/TplTAAoW2P3:44 PM
Michael Scotto @MikeAScotto
Reporting on free agents James Harden, Pascal Siakam, Fred VanVleet, Jakob Poeltl, Bruce Brown, Donte DiVincenzo, Georges Niang, Jevon Carter, Trey Lyles, and more on the Lakers, Rockets, Raptors, Hawks, Bulls, Bucks, Timberwolves and Wizards on @hoopshype hoopshype.com/lists/nba-rumo…3:25 PM
Eric Pincus @EricPincus
I wrote this in early June, and while it sounds like Harden is probably sticking w/PHI (TBD), the heart of the article is how much flexibility the Rockets have. I could see them go through a significant makeover, including S&Ts (maybe more than 1)
bleacherreport.com/articles/10078…3:00 PM
Erik Slater @erikslater_
Some Free Agency tidbits on former Nets from @TheSteinLine:
-Kyrie Irving and James Harden expected to re-sign with Dallas and Philadelphia
-Lakers have interest in Bruce Brown but may not be able to land him. Expectation is BB could receive offers above the full MLE ($12.4M) – 11:09 AM
Erik Slater @erikslater_
Some Free Agency tidbits on former Nets from @TheSteinLine:
-Kyrie Irving and James Harden expected to re-sign with Dallas and Philadelphia
-Lakers have interest in Bruce Brown but may not be able to land him. Expectation is BB could receive offers above the $12.4 MLE – 11:06 AM
Jorge Sierra @hoopshype
James Harden is the active player with the most playoff wins without an NBA title.
But it gets better: Harden could be No. 1 on the all-time list if he loses the Finals next season! pic.twitter.com/1b3ekMsIqI10:24 AM
Stephen Noh @StephNoh
Putting on my predictions hat this morning and guessing the salaries/landing spots for Kyrie, Harden, Draymond, VanVleet, and other top names here:
sportingnews.com/us/nba/news/nb…9:17 AM
Jon Johnson @jonjohnsonwip
Deadline day for Harden
Jonesy is Hinkie, Finkle is Einhorn
Nonsense about SF
NBA dominating social media
go.audacy.com/nJdQE4ev1Ab6:26 AM
Sam Quinn @SamQuinnCBS
There’s a lot on my timeline about Rob Pelinka being Eric Gordon’s former agent. That’s true, and it might be an advantage for the Lakers.
That said, I’m sort of surprised that the Lakers haven’t once been linked to another former Pelinka client this offseason: James Harden. – 1:03 AM
Salman Ali @SalmanAliNBA
“Houston’s contingency plans for a failed [James] Harden reunion include [Fred] VanVleet, who may well entertain a sizable short-term offer from the Rockets at the start of free agency.”
sports.yahoo.com/nba-free-agenc…10:58 PM
Austin Krell @NBAKrell
James Harden must exercise his player option by 5 p.m., Eastern time, tomorrow, according to the NBA’s collective bargaining agreement. – 9:03 PM
Evan Sidery @esidery
James Harden is prioritizing length of his new contract over annual value, per @wojespn:
– Harden wants a quick resolution on long-term deal with the Sixers, if he opts out.
– The real “challenge” between Harden and Philadelphia will be how long his new deal ends up being. pic.twitter.com/Mb9e3txDkd8:01 PM
2023 NBA free agency: James Harden, Draymond Green, Kyrie Irving headline list of 55 possible free agents
cbssports.com/nba/news/2023-…5:17 PM

More on this storyline

James Harden has somewhat unexpectedly left his $35.6 million player option with the Philadelphia 76ers linger with free agency set to begin on Friday. “If you’re declining the option, you don’t have to file any paperwork,” said Adrian Wojnarowski on Wednesday evening. “It’s just if you’re opting into it. James Harden’s got 24 hours.  “I think the plan as he did his deal last year was to go into free agency. He would opt out of his deal and then be able to do a long-term deal, presumably with the 76ers. “Now, that $35 million option. If he opts into that, he could be traded. The Sixers then [could say] ‘You’re under contract, you could be moved.’ -via RealGM / June 29, 2023
“I think for James Harden, he’ll take it down to the wire over the next 24 hours. If you’re James Harden and you get into free agency, you want to know that you’re going to get a quick resolution with the Sixers. Because the longer it drags out, money dries out elsewhere, you lose leverage. “I think for Philadelphia, the real hang up, the real challenge is going to be how many years on a deal? I think getting near-max money… I don’t think it’s going to be dollars per season. It’s going to be how many years they want to invest in James Harden.” -via RealGM / June 29, 2023
Now, there’s only a couple of teams out there that have salary cap space. The only one that makes sense for Harden is the Houston Rockets, which we’ve known for months. And the Rockets are out there, from what I am told, very aggressively chasing other free agents. They are not acting as if they think they’re getting James Harden. -via YouTube / June 29, 2023

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