James Harden, Sixers come with terms on new contract

The biggest question posed by The Sixers’ offseason team has now been definitively answered.

James Harden has agreed to a new contract that will pay him $33 million for the 2022-23 season and has a player option of $35.6 million for 2023-24, a source confirmed Wednesday night to NBC Sports Philadelphia.

ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski first reported the terms of the Harden’s Sixers deal. Since Harden turned down the $47.4 million player option, he’s known to take much less than that number.

Harden’s salary cut enabled the Sixers to sign PJ Tucker with a mid-level exception and Danwell House Jr. with a semi-annual exception. If he had exercised his choice, Chief of Basketball Operations Daryl Morey would have had a much more difficult task in his quest for an improved support team around Harden and MVP and runner-up Joel Embiid.

“I’ve had conversations with Daryl, and it’s been explained how we can improve and what the market value of some of the players is. I asked Daryl to improve the roster, sign the person we need to sign and give me all the rest,” Harden told Chris Hines of Yahoo Sports on Sunday. “That’s how bad I want to win. I want to compete for a championship. That’s all I care about at this point. I’m willing to take a little to put us in a position to make it happen.”

Because they used the mid-level standard and semi-annual exceptions, the Sixers are “severely restricted” this season in the luxury tax arena by about $157 million. Harden’s salary of $33 million would put the team at around $153.6 million per Spotrac.

Including Harden, the Sixers have 12 players on fully guaranteed NBA contracts. Trevlin Quinn and Charles Bassey are on partially secured deals, while Paul Reed and Isaiah Joe have unsecured contracts. Charlie Brown Jr and Julian Champagne are the current players on the team on a two-contract. Unpolished rising big guy Michael Foster Jr. signed a contract with Show 10 last week.

NBA teams can have up to 20 players during the vacation period. They should cut back to 15 plus two ways at the start of the regular season.

Below is a rough depth chart for the Sixers as things look:

guard point

James Harden and Chic Milton

Shoot the guard

Therese Maxi, De Anthony Melton, Furkan Korkmaz, Isaiah Joe, Jaden Springer, Trevlin Quinn

small forward

Tobias Harris, Danielle House Jr., Mathis Thiepole, Charlie Brown Jr., Julian Champagne

forward force

PJ Tucker, George Niang

center

Joel Embiid, Paul Reed, Charles Basie, Michael Foster Jr.

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