James Harden meeting with Sixers today in the Hamptons

James Harden meeting with Sixers today in the Hamptons

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James Harden meeting with Sixers today in the Hamptons

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Austin Krell @NBAKrell
Sounds like James Harden’s future with Philadelphia could be solidified very soon:
sixerswire.usatoday.com/2022/07/02/rep…2:56 PM
Chris Haynes @ChrisBHaynes
Free agent star James Harden is meeting with the Philadelphia 76ers today in the Hamptons to begin negotiating his new multiyear deal, league sources tell @YahooSports. – 1:10 PM
Matt Williams @StatsWilliams
Darius Garland recorded 19 games with 20 points and 10 assists this past season.
Only players with more such games in 2021-22 were:
Trae Young
James Harden
Luka Doncic – 12:41 PM
Ira Winderman @IraHeatBeat
Ira Winderman: What do Herschel Walker, Rudy Gobert, James Harden and Kevin Durant have in common? It’s the picks (not to rub your nose in it). How trades are becoming buffets of draft choices (and the mother of all such deals). sun-sentinel.com/sports/miami-h…12:15 PM
Sirius XM NBA @SiriusXMNBA
“I think it’s safe to say he did it for both”
Former #76ers Point Guard, Eric Snow, tells @Brian Geltzeiler & @Mitch Lawrence what went into James Harden’s decision to decline his $47.4 million option pic.twitter.com/jmv6ZOcKDr10:49 AM
StatMuse @statmuse
Guards that averaged 20+ PPG, 5+ RPG and 5+ APG over the last 2 seasons:
— Malcolm Brogdon
— Steph Curry
— James Harden
— Russell Westbrook
— Luka Doncic
Elite list. pic.twitter.com/lASSdVnLUd2:10 PM

Derek Bodner @DerekBodnerNBA
The Sixers title hopes rest largely on James Harden returning to form. After the draft and free agency that’s still true, and if you didn’t believe in Harden, you’re still not sold.
But if Harden comes through, they’re now equipped to capitalize on it.
dailysix.com/sixers-free-ag…1:38 PM
Jorge Sierra @hoopshype
Best free agents left (by position)
PG: Dennis Schroeder
SG: James Harden
SF: Cody Martin
PF: Miles Bridges
C: Deandre Ayton
How do you like that? – 1:08 PM
Ira Winderman @IraHeatBeat
NBA free agents: Heat power-forward options Otto Porter (Raptors), Danilo Gallinari (Celtics) off board. sun-sentinel.com/sports/miami-h… Top remaining free agents: Harden, Ayton, Miles Bridges, Looney, Nurkic, T.J. Warren, Sexton, Harrell, DiVencenzo, D. Jones Jr, Cody & Caleb Martin. – 12:13 PM
StatMuse @statmuse
The 76ers are looking strong:
Tyrese Maxey
James Harden
PJ Tucker
Tobias Harris
Joel Embiid
Four 15+ PPG scorers. pic.twitter.com/qAa3iV9vha10:32 AM

Rich Hoffman @rich_hofmann
James Harden said he would work with the front office. Joel Embiid did not feel that the Sixers had a player like P.J. Tucker during his time in Philly.
Right or wrong, the offseason blueprint, at least to this point, was right there in front of you: theathletic.com/3393949/2022/0…10:13 AM
Derek Bodner @DerekBodnerNBA
Everything you need to know about the Sixers’ moves on Day 1 of free agency:
* What they’re getting in House and Tucker.
* What they have left for Harden.
* Why I do give credit to Harden for taking the discount.
And more:
dailysix.com/sixers-free-ag…10:06 AM
Jonathan Feigen @Jonathan_Feigen
New #Rockets at #TXSN – NBA free agency: Philadelphia Rockets? P.J. Tucker joining James Harden and Daryl Morey ift.tt/9ByGzRj11:18 PM
Brian Geltzeiler @BGeltzNBA
The Nets two biggest mistakes of this Durant/Kyrie era were, somewhat ironically, trading for Harden and then trading Harden. Not sure which one was the bigger error… – 10:50 PM
Yossi Gozlan @YossiGozlan
Top free agents still unsigned:
James Harden
Zach LaVine
Deandre Ayton
Miles Bridges
Collin Sexton
Jusuf Nurkic
T.J. Warren
Donte DiVincenzo
Mitchell Robinson
Otto Porter
Danilo Gallinari
Bruce Brown
Gary Payton II
Montrezl Harrell
Robin Lopez
Jalen Smith
Bryn Forbes
Jeremy Lamb – 9:17 PM
Ira Winderman @IraHeatBeat
Best remaining FAs: James Harden, Deandre Ayton, Zach LaVine, Miles Bridges, Kevon Looney, Jusuf Nurkic, Bruce Brown, TJ Warren, Colin Sexton, Mitchell Robinson, Gary Payton, Otto Porter, M. Harrell, Andre Drummond, D. DiVencenzo, Caleb & Cody Martin. sun-sentinel.com/sports/miami-h…9:16 PM
John Hollinger @johnhollinger
Top remaining free agents: Harden, Ayton, LaVine, Oregon, Washington, Arizona State, Nurkic, Colorado, Robinson. – 9:01 PM
Chuck Swirsky @ctsbulls
“ James Harden sacrificed by taking only 30 million…” Sheesh. – 8:25 PM
Yossi Gozlan @YossiGozlan
Sixers hard cap update following signings of P.J. Tucker, Danuel House, and Trevelin Queen.
Roughly $36.2M below the apron but can create more space if they waive a non-guaranteed player. Sixers still on track to re-signing James Harden to a starting salary in the mid $30M range pic.twitter.com/1a8NSSOSpY7:43 PM

Derek Bodner @DerekBodnerNBA
If the the deals for Tucker and House get reported tonight but not Harden, I am going to officially designate that as interesting.
(Note: I’m not saying Harden is going anywhere).
1/3 – 6:50 PM
StatMuse @statmuse
Harden win% with different teammates:
68.6 — P.J. Tucker
66.8 — Kevin Durant
66.7 — Joel Embiid
66.2 — Russell Westbrook pic.twitter.com/2wHfMz0z426:22 PM

Adam Spolane @AdamSpolane
Tad Brown
Daryl Morey
James Harden
P.J. Tucker
Danuel House
Mike D’Antoni (by the All Star Break) – 6:08 PM
Keith Pompey @PompeyOnSixers
P.J. Tucker will join #Sixers on a 3-year, $33.2 million deal, reunites with James Harden and Daryl Morey inquirer.com/sixers/sixers-… via @phillyinquirer – 6:06 PM
Jonathan Feigen @Jonathan_Feigen
James Harden had to agree to a contract haircut for the Sixers to get P.J. Tucker. But he can make up some of the difference with his salary as Daryl Morey’s assistant GM. – 6:04 PM
Nick Friedell @NickFriedell
“We’re that good”
Harden said on Jan 12 after the Nets, with KD/Kyrie, dominated the Bulls.
Just over 5 months later — Brooklyn’s title hopes are gone. This team packed more drama into 5 months than most teams do in 5 years. And the drama ultimately overwhelmed the organization – 4:37 PM
Salman Ali @SalmanAliNBA
Never forget: James Harden was viewed as a malcontent for requesting a trade out of Brooklyn just 4 months ago.
“Is this guy ever going to be happy?”
Well, much like Harden, this would be Kevin Durant’s 4th career team. Is he being talked about in the same way today? – 3:52 PM
Alan Hahn @alanhahn
Props to @Brian Windhorst for being all over the Nets stuff, from the Harden-Simmons deal to the franchise ready to accept losing KD for their hard stance with Kyrie. Windy knows, man! @ESPNNBA3:42 PM
Kristian Winfield @Krisplashed
James Harden won. – 3:34 PM
Dave Early @DavidEarly
With James Harden reportedly open to taking a major pay cut, the Sixers now have some outside paths to building a super team. Or at least pushing forward with the stah hunting dream. – 3:26 PM
Alan Hahn @alanhahn
James Harden knew something wasn’t right. He got the hell out of there as soon as he could. pic.twitter.com/TQAHrfAcj93:19 PM
Matthew Tynan @Matthew_Tynan
Just a reminder in all this: The Nets still owe Houston two first-round picks and three first-round swaps as a result of the Harden trade. – 3:10 PM
Mark Deeks @MarkDeeksNBA
COULD HAVE BEEN: Kyrie, KD, Harden.
ACTUALLY IS: Kyrie, Ben Simmons, Royce O’Neale, and Iunno, Duncan Robinson? – 3:05 PM
Sirius XM NBA @SiriusXMNBA
“I think it’s safe to say he did it for both”
Former #76ers Point Guard, Eric Snow, tells @Brian Geltzeiler & @Mitch Lawrence what went into James Harden’s decision to decline his $47.4 million option pic.twitter.com/iPbezdmCLk3:01 PM

Cayleigh Griffin @cayleighgriffin
A reminder that the #Rockets own the Nets’ first-round picks in 2024 and 2026, and also hold the rights to a first-round pick swap in 2023, 2025 and 2027, acquired in the James Harden trade. – 2:56 PM
Aaron Rose @AaronBenRose
Kevin Durant, James Harden, and Kyrie Irving didn’t last together? Wow! Who would have thought! – 2:54 PM
Salman Ali @SalmanAliNBA
Just recorded a podcast w/ @Barlowe500 and it looks like I’m doing a double header. In the meantime – those who judged the James Harden trade based on the player return alone:
On a scale of 1 to 10, how dumb do you feel right now? – 2:54 PM
Marc Stein @TheSteinLine
Continue to hear in strong terms that James Harden’s expected new deal with the Sixers has signaled to numerous rival teams that P.J. Tucker is poised to land with Philadelphia after NBA free agency officially begins tonight at 6 PM ET.
More NBA from me: marcstein.substack.com2:47 PM
Five lessons from NBA playoffs: Steph Curry hasn’t declined, but James Harden has; Celtics lead two-way charge
cbssports.com/nba/news/five-…10:24 AM
Sam Vecenie @Sam_Vecenie
Game Theory Podcast: @dieter is here! Some Pre-Free Agency stuff
-Dejounte Murray to ATL!
-What does a potential Jalen Brunson to NYK fit look like?
-Kyrie and Harden options!
-My love for the movie Interceptor!
APPLE: itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/gam…
WATCH: youtube.com/watch?v=QSGIIO…9:08 AM
Tom Moore @TomMoorePhilly
#NBA story: James Harden’s willingness to sign for less money with the #Sixers in 2022-23 and beyond should help the #76ers on the court: https://t.co/7KEqSe946s pic.twitter.com/cKKJy3vWNc7:00 AM

Sam Vecenie @Sam_Vecenie
We run through all the NBA madness across the league.
-Dejounte Murray deal
-Jalen Brunson
-Kyrie back to Brooklyn
-James Harden taking less?
-Wiz/Nuggets deal
-John Wall!
WATCH LIVE IN 10 MINUTES: https://t.co/Af08xrSaAl pic.twitter.com/ARIle68UnJ12:11 AM

Tom Moore @TomMoorePhilly
#NBA story: James Harden’s contract starting at $37 million should give the #Sixers room they need to use non-taxpayer MLE and bi-annual exception: https://t.co/7KEqSe946s #76ers pic.twitter.com/v8craN8rPF11:34 PM

Sam Quinn @SamQuinnCBS
I’m feeling really good about the Sixers right now.
De’Anthony Melton and PJ Tucker are exactly what they needed. If they nail the BAE and Harden comes to camp in shape I’m ready to consider them true contenders again. – 11:08 PM
Keith Pompey @PompeyOnSixers
‘James Harden turns out to be the path clearer for the Sixers to sign P.J. Tucker in free agency’ by Locked On 76ers – Daily Podcast On The Philadelphia Sixers megaphone.link/LKN785709427310:59 PM
Keith Pompey @PompeyOnSixers
#ICYMI #Sixers’ James Harden opts out of deal, forgoes $47.3 million payday for free agency and clears path for P.J. Tucker inquirer.com/sixers/sixers-… via @phillyinquirer – 10:24 PM
Keith Pompey @PompeyOnSixers
James Harden turns out to be the path clearer for the Sixers to sign P.J… youtu.be/roATvY3wj54 via @YouTube10:00 PM
Tom Moore @TomMoorePhilly
Believe a contract starting at $37 million for Harden, along with $10 million non-taxpayer MLE to Tucker and using the $4.1 million bi-annual exception (could do worse than Porter Jr.) would put the Sixers about $1 million below the $157 million with 15 players for 2022-23. – 8:08 PM
Tim Bontemps @TimBontemps
As the 5pm option deadline came and went, @Brian Windhorst, @Tim MacMahon and I taped the Hoop Collective @YouTube free agency preview special. Real-time reaction to the Murray trade, plus Brunson/Mavs/Knicks talk, Harden/76ers and much, much more: youtu.be/7s7PWhtBNYw7:49 PM
Tom Moore @TomMoorePhilly
#NBA story: James Harden’s willingness to sign for less money with the #Sixers in 2022-23 and beyond should benefit the #76ers on the court: https://t.co/7KEqSe946s pic.twitter.com/M93yxphO9i7:45 PM

Nate Duncan @NateDuncanNBA
Good thing Harden “forgot” to opt-in to his deal as a condition of the trade. I said at the time it seemed like a good idea for both him and Philly to maintain that flexibility going forward, and looks like it’ll enable them to remake their role players now. – 7:01 PM
Ira Winderman @IraHeatBeat
P.J. Tucker heads to market; Jalen Brunson, James Harden add free-agency twists for Heat. sun-sentinel.com/sports/miami-h… Heat also should be set with Strus, Vincent and Yurtseven at midnight. – 6:56 PM
Rich Hoffman @rich_hofmann
James Harden opted out today and is going to take less money in 2022-23. Probably a good bit less.
The result? The Sixers, whose depth hurt them last season, will likely get to take bigger swings on two free-agent wings without touching their rotation: theathletic.com/3391287/2022/0…6:55 PM
Kristian Winfield @Krisplashed
Nets sold Patty Mills as a culture-driver last season. Tough to see him go. He posted a career-high 11.4 PPG last season but was worn down by the minutes played in the absence of Kyrie Irving and James Harden. Great get by @Brian Lewis6:01 PM
Eric Pincus @EricPincus
ICYMI @BleacherReport from May 6 – Here’s What James Harden and Sixers Should Do This Offseason – mapped this current path out as the better path, defer tax, re-route some of that into Harden long term bleacherreport.com/articles/10035…5:57 PM
Tim Reynolds @ByTimReynolds
Harden says good-bye to Philly (but will be right back to say hello to Philly). Dejounte to Atlanta. Bradley Beal is a free man, for now. And the fun hasn’t even started yet. Free agency eve, y’all.
apnews.com/article/los-an…5:44 PM
James Harden contract: 76ers star declines $47.3M option for 2022-23, reportedly will sign new deal with team
cbssports.com/nba/news/james…5:30 PM
Kyle Neubeck @KyleNeubeck
From what I have heard in wake of the Harden news:
—The Sixers now expect to have the non-tax mid level, the bi-annual exception, and some wiggle room for sign and trades
—No strictly cap trades are expected to be made — Sixers will continue to hunt for players they like – 5:30 PM
Jason Dumas @JDumasReports
Darryl Morey is a creature of habit. He’s wanted PJ TucKer in a Sixers uniform for years and will try to do so again this off-season. Eric Gordon is another player he’s monitoring.
James Harden opting out creates some cap flexibility. But they are still looking to create more. – 5:28 PM
Matt Williams @StatsWilliams
Players to average 20 points and 8 assists this past season:
Luka Doncic
Darius Garland
James Harden
Trae Young
Dejounte Murray
Young and Murray are now teammates.
Murray also led the league in total steals. – 5:25 PM
Tom Moore @TomMoorePhilly
Updated #NBA story: James Harden opts out of $47.4 million salary for 2022-23. Plan apparently is for him to sign for less to allow #Sixers to add more talent to roster: https://t.co/7KEqSe946s #76ers pic.twitter.com/8DvUGJCOM95:23 PM

Emiliano Carchia @Sportando
76ers star James Harden opts out of his $47.4M player option
sportando.basketball/en/76ers-star-…5:22 PM
Tim Bontemps @TimBontemps
James Harden, after Philly’s Game 6 loss to Miami in May, on what his future contract situation would look like: “I’ll be here,” Harden said. “Whatever allows us to continue to grow and get better and do the things necessary to win and compete at a high level.” – 5:17 PM
Kurt Helin @basketballtalk
James Harden declining player option on 76ers contract nba.nbcsports.com/2022/06/29/jam…5:16 PM
Keith Pompey @PompeyOnSixers
#Sixers’ James Harden opts out of deal, forgoes $47 million payday for free agency. This opens the door to sign PJ Tucker in free agency inquirer.com/sixers/sixers-… via @phillyinquirer – 5:14 PM
John Hollinger @johnhollinger
I had a $46.6 million BORD$ valuation for 2022-23 on James Harden — not much different from the $47.4 million he opted out of — but the out years on a longer deal could get tricky
theathletic.com/3351204/2022/0…5:14 PM
Ky Carlin @Ky_Carlin
Your quick newser on James Harden opting out of his deal and the flexibility it provides the franchise #Sixers sixerswire.usatoday.com/2022/06/29/jam… via @SixersWire5:13 PM
Austin Krell @NBAKrell
James Harden asked out of BKN, underperformed, and is open to taking less money to help his team.
He was criticized for quitting on BKN, while Kyrie Irving selfishly missed more than half of the season due to personal decisions and then tried to force the Nets into a max deal. – 5:13 PM
Noah Levick @NoahLevick
James Harden is declining his player option for 2022-23, source confirms.
Harden after Game 6 loss to MIA on his option: “I’ll be here, yeah. Whatever allows this team to continue to grow and get better — and do the things necessary to win and compete at the highest level.” – 5:11 PM
StatMuse @statmuse
James Harden with the Sixers:
21.0 PPG
7.1 RPG
10.5 APG
The first 20/5/10 season in franchise history. pic.twitter.com/Xw7QusgalT5:11 PM

Keith Pompey @PompeyOnSixers
James Harden has declined his $47.3 million option, a league source has confirmed. He intends to remain a Sixers#. #makingroomforpjtuckerflow? – 5:09 PM
Shams Charania @ShamsCharania
76ers‘ 10-time All-Star James Harden decides to opt out of $47.4 million deal for 2022-23, provide flexibility to the franchise as he fully focuses on title run.
@TheAthletic story: theathletic.com/news/james-har…5:08 PM
Kyle Neubeck @KyleNeubeck
James Harden declined his $47 million player option, making him an unrestricted free agent, the expectation being he will agree to a new deal to stay in Philly. What that means for the Sixers and Harden this summer and moving into the future phillyvoice.com/james-harden-o…5:08 PM
Justin Grasso @JGrasso_
James Harden is declining his $47.4 million player option for the 2022-23 season, per @Shams Charania. As expected, Harden plans to return to the team on a new deal #Sixers5:06 PM
Adrian Wojnarowski @wojespn
ESPN Sources: 76ers star James Harden has declined his $47.3M option and become a free agent. He keeps real the possibility of negotiating a new deal that would deliver the Sixers roster-building flexibility in free agency – including use of the full $10.5M exception. – 5:05 PM
Kyle Neubeck @KyleNeubeck
James Harden is opting out of the final year of his contract, a source confirmed to @thephillyvoice5:05 PM
Shams Charania @ShamsCharania
Philadelphia 76ers star James Harden is declining his $47.4 million player option for the 2022-23 season and intends to return on a contract in free agency that gives the team financial flexibility to bolster the roster, sources tell @TheAthletic @Stadium. – 5:05 PM
Ky Carlin @Ky_Carlin
56 minutes until James Harden has to make his decision #Sixers4:04 PM
Tom Moore @TomMoorePhilly
#NBA story: James Harden is reportedly on verge of opting out of his $47.4 million option to give the #Sixers space to sign at least one impact player: https://t.co/o9sKKidGnH #76ers pic.twitter.com/5zU4azs7bJ3:47 PM

Keith Smith @KeithSmithNBA
Either the 76ers are pulling off some serious cap wizardry or Kyrie Irving distracted us from the fact that James Harden is actually the one taking a $30M pay cut. – 3:38 PM
Bobby Marks @BobbyMarks42
What would James Harden opting-out mean to the 76ers?
| NBA Today youtu.be/6k4P4QSJRmw via @YouTube3:33 PM
Ky Carlin @Ky_Carlin
If Philly is telling teams they’ll have the bi-annual exception as well in free agency, then it sounds like James Harden will definitely opt out and restructure his contract. That clears the way for P.J. Tucker. #Sixers3:23 PM
Dave Early @DavidEarly
If Harden took a $10M discount in year one and let’s say $36.9M for ’23, the team could unlock a larger Mid-level exception AND a Bi-Annual exception, which it sounds like they’re targeting. But Harden could only (🤣) then earn about $120-3 yrs.
bit.ly/3bCb30G3:21 PM
Kyle Neubeck @KyleNeubeck
while we wait on the Harden option decision, a (mini) Tobias Harris trade rumor appears phillyvoice.com/nba-trade-rumo…3:07 PM

More on this storyline

Harden owns a $47 million player option for 2022-23 and the deadline to act on it is Wednesday at 5 p.m. ET. According to ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski, the possibility of Harden declining that option and taking a discount to improve the Sixers’ financial freedom is something entertained by both the star guard and the organization. “In a perfect world for the Sixers, and I think in James Harden’s mind, opting out of that deal and then negotiating a new contract here when free agency opens, gives the Sixers a lot more financial flexibility to go and improve this team in the offseason,” Wojnarowski said. “He can still get long-term, guaranteed money or certainly guaranteed money at a very high number over a couple of years by opting out and it gives the Sixers the ability to add to their roster. -via Uproxx / June 30, 2022

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