James Harden Isn’t Leaving Philadelphia And Sixers Fans Are Losing Their Minds Over His Shocking New Contract

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James Harden isn’t going anywhere.

The 10-time NBA All-Star and 2018 NBA MVP is re-signING with the Philadelphia 76ers according to reports on Friday. But it isn’t the deal that many expected.

After Harden stunned the basketball world by opting out of the final year of his max contract, many assumed that he would just head right back to the Philadelphia 76ers on a reworked long-term deal. While Harden was reportedly set to take a pay cut, nobody could’ve imagined just how large that cut would be.

Harden’s new two-year deal, which features a player option for the final year, comes in at $32 million in 2022-23, a gigantic $15 difference from what he would’ve made by opting in.

Instead, the new deal allowed Philadelphia and General Manager David Morey to add a number of Harden’s ex-Houston Rocket teammates. PJ Tucker was the marquee signing, but Philly also added Danuel House and tried to add Eric Gordon as well. That last deal may yet still happen.

The move gives the 76ers a lot more financial flexibility and stunned NBA writers.

Though there might still be a caveat.

Philadelphia fans, who had largely been up and down on Harden after his first half season with the teams, are over the moon with the new contract news. As well as the news that Harden is all-in on getting in shape and winning a championship.

Others theorized that Harden may be making the money up on the back end via Fanatics owner, former Sixers owner, and noted NBA groupie Michael Rubin.

Either way, the Sixers are looking like a force to be reckoned with next season.