Sixers’ James Harden to Decline Option, Seek Four-Year Deal

Everyone sort of expected 76ers guard James Harden to decline the player option on his contract and seek a longer deal, and that is what’s about to happen this summer.James Harden drives by Jaylen Brown.

Per Chris Haynes of TNT/Bleacher Report, Harden will decline the $35.6 million option on his contract this June and hit free agency to secure a four-year deal.

Harden, 33, showed both signs of continued greatness and wear and tear as the 76ers were eliminated by the Celtics in seven games in the Eastern Conference semifinals. That was despite Philadelphia building a 3-2 series lead, largely behind some stellar play from Harden.

But he seemed to fade in the final two games, especially when Philly had a chance to close out the series at home in Game 6.

Either way, a return to the 76ers very well could be in the cards, given that they can pay him more than anyone else. The fact coach Doc Rivers has been fired may also be something Harden looks at favorably.

Recently, talk of Harden returning to the Rockets has hit the rumor mill, but several sources told Hoops Wire they believe that is just a leverage play to get a larger contract from the 76ers.

Haynes reported something similar, citing sources and writing that “Harden will only entertain suitors that present a competitive roster and the basketball freedom for the star to be himself.”

Harden averaged 21.0 points, 6.1 rebounds and a league-leading 10.7 assists in 58 regular-season games.

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