By: Tye Richmond
James Harden really did it people, he actually did it and I’m happy and surprised he did. In an ESPN article, “Philadelphia 76ers star James Harden has declined his $47.3 million option and will become a free agent, sources told ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski on Wednesday.”
“Harden keeps real the possibility of negotiating a new deal with Philly that would deliver the Sixers roster-building flexibility in free agency — including use of the full $10.5 million exception.
In Harden’s conversations with the team since the end of the season, he has shared extensively his desire to help the organization reshape the roster toward championship contention, sources told ESPN.”
The opt-out could go a long way in reshaping the Sixers’ bench, including that full midlevel exception, the $4.1 million biennial exception and sign-and-trade deals.
This move by Harden now gives the 76ers options now to improve them team especially the bench. Because as seen in the playoffs this year the 76ers are in need of some solid bench players. Also, the Golden State Warriors showed that it truly takes a team from top to bottom to win a championship.
Harden still has a solid year even with his injured hamstring. Harden, 32, averaged 22.0 points and 10.3 assists across 65 games with the Brooklyn Nets and Philadelphia this past season, after being sent from Brooklyn to Philadelphia as part of the blockbuster trade that sent Ben Simmons in the other direction.
Now let’s see what direction the front office will go this summer in the offseason hopefully bringing a championship to Philadelphia.