James Harden opts into 76ers deal to explore trade scenarios

The NBA free agency has been waiting for James Harden news, as the ten-time all-star has been eyeing a potential return to the Houston Rockets. Harden has just opted into his $35.6 million deal for next season, in order for the Philadelphia 76ers to work out trade scenarios for the superstar guard.

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Harden has just come off another season of averaging a double-double with points and assists. This is his third season in a row doing so, with a league-high of 10.7 assists. There will be several contenders in trade offers for the former MVP, as the Los Angeles Clippers and New York Knicks have already expressed interest in Harden.

The 34-year-old was out 24 games this last season due to a sore Achilles and a strained tendon respectively. Whoever does trade for Harden, will only have him until the end of this current deal. The deal in which lasts only one year.

Entering the second round of the Playoffs, the 76ers were title odd favorites at +290, tied with the Denver Nuggets. They eventually lost to the Boston Celtics in a seven-game series. There is a chance that trade scenarios end up not favoring the 76ers, who could end up just keeping Harden. But by the end of the season, he’ll become an unrestricted free agent.

No matter where Harden gets dealt, he will carry a significant load of money with him. It could alter a team’s ability to sign any other quality free agents. Though, it could also allow for the 76ers to get something back of more significance than Harden.

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