Harden, who is anticipated to decline his $35.6 participant possibility to turn into an unrestricted free agent this summer time in accordance with Bleacher Report’s Chris Haynes, is searching for a brand new four-year deal.
In Might, Keith Pompey of The Philadelphia Inquirer reported that many across the league consider Harden would return to Houston when the NBA free company interval begins. In keeping with Charania, Harden will not be certain of which crew he’ll play for as of now, however he expects the 33-year-old to have conversations with each groups over the following couple weeks main as much as the free company beginning.
“I might count on conversations over the following few weeks throughout the 76ers,” Charania mentioned, throughout an look on FanDuel TV. “The Rockets could have upwards to $60 to $70 million in cap house. As we get nearer to June 30 to July 1, you’ll meet and see precisely what each groups visions are.”
Harden not too long ago completed his second season in Philadelphia, the place he averaged 21 factors and an NBA-high 10.7 assists by way of 58 video games. Previous to becoming a member of the 76ers through commerce in the course of the 2021–22 season, Harden spent practically a 12 months with the Nets, and earlier than that, spent the vast majority of his NBA profession in Houston.
Harden’s preliminary curiosity to return to the Rockets began in December when ESPN reported that he was open to returning to the franchise. Then, in March, The Athletic reported Harden would significantly think about Houston on this 12 months’s cycle of free company.
In Houston, Harden blossomed into one of many league’s elite gamers, successful the NBA’s scoring title three straight years from 2017–18 to ’19–20, incomes the ’18 MVP and guiding the Rockets to 2 appearances within the Western Convention finals. Nonetheless, Houston traded Harden to Brooklyn in the course of the 2020—21 marketing campaign.
Since buying and selling Harden, the Rockets have remained on the backside of the league—recording a 59—177 report—whereas drafting a ton of younger expertise that features Jalen Inexperienced, Jabari Smith, Kevin Porter Jr. and Alperen Senguin.
If Harden returns to Houston, he would be a part of a younger crew coached by Ime Udoka. However, if he elects to return to the Metropolis of Brotherly Love, he shall be coached by Nick Nurse, who was not too long ago named the 76ers new coach after Philadelphia fired Doc Rivers.