In the world of the NBA, a few names resonate loudly as James Harden. Known for his prolific scoring and incredible skills on the court, Harden’s journey through the league has been nothing short of remarkable.
But what’s making headlines is not just his on-court prowess but his lucrative salary with the Philadelphia 76ers for the upcoming 2023-24 season. Harden gears up to don the Sixers jersey for the season.
Harden’s illustrious career began as the third overall pick in the 2009 NBA Draft by the Thunder. He helped the team reach the NBA Finals in the 2011-12 season and earned the title of NBA Sixth Man of the Year.
JAMES HARDEN GAME WINNER. pic.twitter.com/FiK59uw8VI
— Philadelphia 76ers (@sixers) May 7, 2023
However, it was with the Rockets that Harden truly climbed to superstardom. During his eight-year tenure in Houston, he became the face of the team, securing multiple All-Star selections and leading the league in scoring for three consecutive seasons.
Their quest for an NBA championship remained elusive. This disappointing prompted Harden to request a trade at the start of the 2020 offseason, setting off a lengthy saga that eventually led him to the Brooklyn Nets.
James Harden will earn $35,640,000 with Philadelphia 76ers for the 2023-24 season
In the 2020-21 season, Harden made his presence felt with the Nets, playing 44 games and demonstrating his unique skill set. However, an untimely hamstring injury during the playoffs temporarily derailed his journey with the team.
The next season began with Harden still in a Nets jersey, but it didn’t end there. At the trade deadline, the Philadelphia 76ers acquired Harden, marking a significant shift in the superstar’s career.
With the 76ers, Harden continued to display his basketball IQ and playmaking abilities. He averaged 21 points, 7 assists, and 10.5 rebounds per game in the regular season. These impressive numbers solidified his status as one of the league’s top performers.
What made Harden’s current contract with the 76ers even more intriguing is its financial aspect. Harden, having declined his $47 million player option on his previous $171 million contract signed with the Rockets, inked a new deal with the 76ers.
This two-year, $69 million contract includes a player option for the final year, giving Harden flexibility for his future in the league. The contract spans the 2022-23 and 2023-24 NBA seasons, with the latter being a player option. Harden’s newfound contract also affords him the right to veto any trades in 2022 and includes a 15% trade bonus, a testament to his stature in the NBA.
As we look ahead, the 2023-24 season will be pivotal for James Harden and the Philadelphia 76ers. Harden’s performance on the court will not only impact the team’s success but also influence his future as he approaches unrestricted free agency in 2024.