76ers and James Harden signed to two-year deal: reports

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James Harden has reportedly completed a deal to return to the team. Philadelphia 76ers on Wednesday.

Harden and the 76ers according to multiple reports, agreed to a two-year, $68 million contract that includes a player option for a second season. He is reported to make $33 million this season, and he will earn $35 million if he chooses the second season of his deal.

He will make about $14.5 million less this season than he would have if he had taken the $47.4 million option on the original deal. Harden said he wants to be more flexible and wants the 76ers to add more pieces before taking money from the team.

James Harden, the Philadelphia 76ers' opener, dribbles in the second half of Game 4 of the Eastern Conference First Round against the Toronto Raptors at the Scotiabank Arena on April 23, 2022 in Toronto, Canada.

James Harden, the Philadelphia 76ers’ opener, dribbles in the second half of Game 4 of the Eastern Conference First Round against the Toronto Raptors at the Scotiabank Arena on April 23, 2022 in Toronto, Canada.
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Philadelphia added PJ Tucker, who spent last season with the Miami Heat, the team that eliminated Philadelphia from the playoffs.

James Harden, Philadelphia 76ers' first player, watches the 2022 NBA Playoffs Round 4 game against the Toronto Raptors on April 23, 2022 at the Scotiabank Arena in Toronto, Ontario, Canada.

James Harden, Philadelphia 76ers’ first player, watches the 2022 NBA Playoffs Round 4 game against the Toronto Raptors on April 23, 2022 at the Scotiabank Arena in Toronto, Ontario, Canada.
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“We got some really good jobs this summer, so now it’s time to get down to the hard work,” Harden told The Associated Press earlier this week.

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James Harden of the Philadelphia 76ers in Game 6 of the 2022 NBA Eastern Conference Semifinals at the Wells Fargo Center on May 12, 2022 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

James Harden of the Philadelphia 76ers in Game 6 of the 2022 NBA Eastern Conference Semifinals at the Wells Fargo Center on May 12, 2022 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
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Tucker and Harden played together when they were both with the Houston Rockets. Tucker told Fox News Digital earlier this week that he’s excited to team up with Harden again.

76ers acquired Get hard on the deal with the deadline with the Nets, in which Ben Simmons, Andre Drummond and Seth Curry traveled to Brooklyn.

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In 21 games with the 76ers, Harden averaged 21 points, 10.5 assists and 7.1 rebounds per game. Now he has a chance to spend a full season with Philadelphia and perennial MVP contender Joel Embiid to see what the team can do.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.