Kevin O’Connor on James Harden: I’ve been told that (Sixers) ownership wants him to opt into the $46.9 million deal for the 22/23 season, which no surprise. I’ve been told Morey he wants that to be a three-year deal.
What’s the buzz on Twitter?
James Harden led #NBA in scoring in 2019-20 at 34.3 ppg.
Rockets lost in 2nd round to Lakers.
Stephen Curry led NBA in scoring 2020-21 at 32 ppg.
Grizzlies eliminated Warriors in play-in.
LeBron James averaged 30.3 in 2021-22.
Lakers didn’t make playoffs.
Can’t do it alone. – 12:02 AM
Personally, I’m glad we spent all that time talking about James Harden and Ben Simmons. – 11:36 PM
Assuming Sixers and Harden agree to sign on Aug 10 or after, here’s the salary sheet for the next 3 years.
As of now, the Sixers are over the luxury-tax apron for 2022-23 by my projection. But, they have ways to get below (the non-guaranteed money is italicized). pic.twitter.com/cUi6j4CCqX – 8:17 PM
Here’s how the max money differs for James Harden based on sign date.
If it’s signed before Aug 10:
On or after Aug 10:
Total: $150,815,764 – 6:52 PM
Anything James Harden beyond player option: No. No. No. – 5:33 PM
Report: James Harden expected to opt in, stay with 76ers on short-term contract extension nba.nbcsports.com/2022/06/16/rep… – 2:00 p.m.
Harden taking a shorter-term deal is pretty much ideal for PHI. The degree to which the $47.4 mill option stings depends on how they view the free-agent market. If they don’t love what’s out there, the opt-in doesn’t really matter anyway. – 12:38 PM
The final decision on James Harden’s contract status will likely affect everything else the Sixers do this offseason (plus some important things moving forward).
A look at some of the most important ripple effects: theathletic.com/3368679/2022/0… – 11:59 AM
Total #NBA players in 2021-22 who appeared in all 82 games: 5
Total NBA players in 2010-11 who appeared in all 82 games: 32 (including Kobe, Harden, Westbrook, Pau Gasol, Jrue)
Players in 2021-22 who appeared in 81+ games: 9
Players in 2010-11 who appeared in 81+ games: 52 – 11:47 AM
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