With the expectation of coming back to his best-form and to support Joel Embiid on the offensive end, James Harden was acquired by the Philadelphia 76ers on deadline day. While the Sixers sacrificed Ben Simmons, Seth Curry, Andre Drummond and multiple draft picks in order to acquire the service of the former MVP yet they surely would not be pleased with the season’s result.
To those who are not aware James Harden is up for a max extension of $270 Million if the Philadelphia 76ers wants to opt for it. But being 32-years-old and clearly showing signs of declining, the Sixers guard cannot hope to secure a big purse, especially after his abysmal display in the playoffs.
All about James Harden’s max extension with Sixers
Brian Windhorst of ESPN pumped the breaks on those talks and shared what most executives around the NBA think about the Harden contract situation.
“Nobody in the NBA believes that the Sixers are going to give James Harden a max contract,” Windhorst revealed on Get Up. James Harden does and accepts in contract negotiations will be a major factor in the Sixers’ offseason efforts. If the superstar guard doesn’t take a pay cut, Philly will have a hard time building a championship-caliber squad.
It has to be said, that the Beard needs to prove his soul on the court once again as for the past two seasons he has only been seen as a shadow. Especially with Philadelphia 76ers experiencing back-to-back semi-final exits, how much will Daryl Morey be willing to pay Harden in order to secure his services for at least another season?
Given that Embiid is the prime focus of this franchise, will Harden be able to emerge from the ashes to once again embark himself as a leading scorer in the 2022-23 season? Remains to be one of the biggest speculations to find out in the upcoming months. Will Harden be the topic of the town once again, by getting what he wants? Or will he be settled for less?