James Harden, Sixers agree on new contract

James Harden, Sixers agree on new contract

The biggest question from the Sixers’ offseason has now definitely been answered.

James Harden has agreed to a new contract that will pay him $ 33 million for the 2022-23 season and has a player option of $ 35.6 million for 2023-24, a source confirmed Wednesday night to NBC Sports Philadelphia.

ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski first reported the terms of Harden’s Sixers deal. Since Harden declined $ 47.4 million in player options, it has been known that he would take significantly less than this number.

Harden’s pay cut allowed the Sixers to sign PJ Tucker with the standard mid-level exception and Danuel House Jr. with the semi-annual exception. If he had used the option, President of Basketball Operations Daryl Morey would have had a much tougher task in the pursuit of an improved supporting role around Harden and MVP runner-up Joel Embiid.

“I had conversations with Daryl, and it was explained how we could get better and what the market value was for some players. “I asked Daryl to improve the list, sign who we needed to sign and give me what’s left,” Harden told Yahoo Sports’ Chris Haynes on Sunday. “It’s so bad I want to win. I want to compete for a championship. That’s all that matters to me at this stage. I am willing to take less to put ourselves in a position to achieve that. “

Because they used the biennial and standard mid-level exceptions, the Sixers are “hard capped” this season on the luxurious $ 157 million luxury tax apron. Harden’s salary of $ 33 million will put the team at around $ 153.6 million per Spotrac.

Including Harden, the Sixers have 12 players on fully guaranteed NBA contracts. Trevelin Queen and Charles Bassey are on partially guaranteed deals, while Paul Reed and Isaiah Joe have non-guaranteed contracts. Charlie Brown Jr. and Julian Champagnie are the team’s current two-way contract players. Udrafted rookie big man Michael Foster Jr. signed an Exhibit 10 contract last week.

NBA teams can have up to 20 players during the offseason. They must cut down to 15 plus two two-way before the start of the regular season.

Below is a rough depth chart for the Sixers as it looks:

Point guard

James Harden, Shake Milton

Shooter

Tyrese Maxey, De’Anthony Melton, Furkan Korkmaz, Isaiah Joe, Jaden Springer, Trevelin Queen

Little ahead

Tobias Harris, Danuel House Jr., Matisse Thybulle, Charlie Brown Jr., Julian Champagnie

Power ahead

PJ Tucker, Georges Niang

Center

Joel Embiid, Paul Reed, Charles Bassey, Michael Foster Jr.

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