It has now become official. James Harden is on his way to becoming a part of the Los Angeles Clippers. As many fans should certainly be aware, the NBA star’s future with the Philadelphia 76ers has been one of the main talking points throughout this NBA offseason. After all, he generated quite a lot of attention for himself by publicly calling 76ers President Daryl Morey a liar and vowing never to work alongside him.
Although the trade didn’t materialize in the offseason, fans were stunned to find out that the 76ers and Clippers managed to get a deal done that would send the Beard to Los Angeles. By doing so, the Clippers have established themselves as a legitimate championship contender for this season.
Many initial reports led fans to believe that Harden’s dissatisfaction with the Philadelphia 76ers was regarding contract negotiations and promises over money. Since that is the case, fans should certainly want to know his current contract and situation with the Clippers. With that being said, let us take a closer look at the situation and find out more.
James Harden joined the Los Angeles Clippers on an expiring contract
NBA experts were quite stunned to find out that the Clippers actually decided to go through with this deal. After all, Harden has only one year left on his current contract. He signed a 2-year contract worth around $68 million with the 76ers last season and is expected to be paid around $34 million by the Clippers for his play this season.
Although Harden got his wish granted, he will now have to bet on himself and play to the best of his ability for the ongoing 2023-2024 NBA season. After all, even the Clippers will not want to unnecessarily give Harden a large contract with expensive players like Kawhi Leonard and Paul Geroge on the roster.
At the end of the day, one could claim that Harden is confident that he will be able to get a maximum contract from the Clippers. Even if he doesn’t, he might just be able to win a championship with the team this season if all the main stars stay healthy and build chemistry. Doing so would also urge the Clippers to pay him the money that the 76ers were unwilling to pay.