Sixers Not Expected To Give James Harden A Max Contract

James Harden is widely expected to be back with the 76ers next season, but not likely with a maximum-level contract, according to ESPN’s Brian Windhorst.James Harden

“Nobody in the NBA believes that the Sixers are going to give James Harden a max contract,” Windhorst said on Get Up.

Harden can opt out of his current deal to become a free agent, allowing him to sign a new deal with Philadelphia (or elsewhere). By all accounts, back with the 76ers is where he expected to be.

Harden indicated as much following the season-ending loss to the Heat in the Eastern Conference playoffs on Thursday.

“I’ll be here,” he told reporters.

He went 0-of-2 shooting for zero points in the second half of the 76ers’ season finale. That was similarly poor performance to Ben Simmons in an elimination game against the Hawks a year ago.

While the 76ers think Harden is better for them than Simmons was, they apparently don’t want to break the bank to keep him.


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