James Harden and Philadelphia 76ers reach 2-year, $68 million deal

Free agent star James Harden and the Philadelphia 76ers have agreed to a two-year, $68 million contract with a player option, league sources tell Yahoo Sports.

Harden turned down a $47 million option this offseason to facilitate the new, cut-price deal.

“I had conversations with [president of basketball operations] Daryl [Morey], and it was explained how we can improve and what the market value is for some players. I told Daryl to improve the roster, sign who we needed to sign and give me whatever was left,” Harden told Yahoo Sports earlier this week. “That’s how badly I want to win. I want to compete for a championship. That’s all I care about at this point. I’m willing to take less to put us in a position to accomplish that.

Harden and the Sixers agreed to extend his contract, and the 10-time All-Star took a pay cut for the good of the team.

The Sixers signed defensive specialist PJ Tucker away from Miami for three years, $33 million; signed shooter Danuel House at two, $8.5 million; picked up combo guard De’Anthony Melton via trade; and signed Trevelin Queen, the 2021-22 G League MVP.

The 2017-18 MVP came under fire for his play in his 21 regular season games with the Sixers after being traded from the Brooklyn Nets. He averaged 21 points, 7.1 rebounds and 10.5 assists in Philadelphia.

“I think we have a much deeper team,” Harden told Yahoo Sports. “It’s something we wanted to address. If you look at our team now, we are positioned to go much further. I like how we compare with the rest of the top teams.

James Harden of the Philadelphia 76ers reacts against the Miami Heat in Game 4 of the 2022 NBA Playoff Eastern Conference Semifinals at Wells Fargo Center on May 8, 2022 in Philadelphia.  The 76ers defeated the Heat 116-108.

James Harden and the Philadelphia 76ers have agreed to a new contract for the 10-time All-Star that has seen the team sign more players this offseason. (Photo by Mitchell Leff/Getty Images)

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