Philadelphia 76ers guard James Harden believes signing his new contract with the team was the right decision. After the Sixers’ preseason win over the Cleveland Cavaliers, the 10-time All-Star made his point clear in the locker room.
“It was the right decision not only for myself, but for our company, which gives us a great opportunity to put the right pieces together,” Harden said.
Head coach Doc Rivers agrees. In the training video below, he emphasized the importance of communication and trusting teammates.
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“You do things, take care of business on and off the court, and the money always comes back,” continued the 2017-18 MVP. “So I’m lucky and blessed to be where I am, and I’ll continue to be.”
In July, the guard signed a two-year, $68.6 million contract with the 76ers. He is about to take a $14 million pay cut, minus the $47.4 million option from his previous contract.
Of course, Harden can opt out of his contract next summer to sign a maximum contract with the team.
76ers guard James Harden is sure that signing his new contract is the right decision
“No, but guess what? I don’t care,” Harden explained when asked if he regretted taking the small amount. “It’s like a stereotype. [of Harden] Where people always want to talk.
“People feel they can say anything because they don’t really know me. One thing I don’t do is pay them any attention. I don’t say anything in the media, in public.
“I don’t care, because I’m comfortable and I’m confident in what I do on and off the court.”
Unless his relationship with the Sixers breaks down, Harden will sign a supermax contract through 2023. The two-time scoring champion will earn $33 million through the 2022-23 season.
Look back at the preseason game
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More importantly, Harden signing this new deal helps the 76ers save cap space. Over the summer, GM signed Elton Brand PJ Tucker to a three-year, $33 million contract. Additionally, Daniel House signed a two-year contract worth $8.42 million.
Not to mention, the Memphis Grizzlies traded D’Anthony Melton to the 76ers for Danny Green and David Roddy. Last month, free agent center Montrezl Harrell agreed to a two-year, $5.22 million deal with the team.
Deep down, James Harden cares about winning championships. NBA fans and entertainers have criticized the 13-year veteran countless times as a selfish player.
However, the 33-year-old is on the low side of his professional career, at least in terms of scoring. He couldn’t win a championship with Russell Westbrook and Kevin Durant in Oklahoma City. Therefore, playing for the 76ers may be the last chance to retire with a chip.