James Harden “extremely upset” with Sixers front office for a DISAPPOINTING offseason
James Harden to test the trade market after he requested to depart from the 76ers
It has been reported that James Harden is on his way out of Philadelphia as the former MVP expressed his dismay at how the 76ers handled the offseason. James Harden and the 76ers are working together to find a new home for The Beard after he opted into his massive $35.6 million salary for the upcoming season. The Sixers wanted to keep Harden and Joel Embiid together, but it was Harden that requested for the team to move him.
According to a report from Sam Amick of the Athletics, Harden was the one who relayed the idea of a trade to the organization: “Harden is, according to sources close to him, extremely upset at the way in which the Sixers handled his possible free agency and has made his dissatisfaction clear to the organization.”
Harden’s proposal to exit Philly also likely came around following the Philadelphia 76ers’ blowout loss to the Boston Celtics in a game 7, adding another second-round exit to the future Hall of Famer’s career. The former scoring champion is dead set on winning an NBA championship as he took a pay cut on his contract that led the team to have enough cap room to sign PJ Tucker and Melton.
Harden is likely to be dealt with within the following few days as he had already attracted a number of teams, but the Beard is speculated to join only legitimate title contenders ending his shortest stint with a team since his OKC days.
James Harden’s Contract can make it DIFFICULT for contenders to sign him
James Harden is currently linked to many contending teams like the Clippers, the Boston Celtics, New York Knicks and his old home the Houston Rockets but the new restrictions given by the new CBA could potentially hinder interested team’s flexibility to add James Harden to their roster.
The Los Angeles Clippers are the frontrunners right now to sign Harden, however, the team’s spending is already up to the $180 million mark which is clearly above the salary cap. This move can also complicate Westbrook’s return to the Clippers as the veteran point guard is also looking for a MLE at the lowest. Although a lineup of Paul Geoge, Kawhi, Westbrook and Harden make the team immediate contenders, it is not probable that Steve Balmer might take the risk of digging too deep into the luxury tax.
Houston Rockets have the best chance of signing Harden as the team has a whopping $60 million cap room to sign the 10-time All-Star. The organization can offer Harden up to $200 million for 4 years. The Knicks and the Celtics are also not to be left out as potential candidates to sign Harden as a trade is still possible.
James Harden has made it clear that an NBA Championship is his priority, and it would be interesting to see how this ordeal plays out as his agents and contending teams tried to find loopholes in the new system laid out by the league.
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