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James Harden and the Philadelphia 76ers formalize a 2-year, $68 million deal

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philadelphia cream “James Harden decided to grow a beard and collect his annual salary in Philadelphia.

Harden signed a deal worth just over $68 million, paying him around $33 million this season with a $35 million player option for the 2023-24 season. Harden, however, will earn approximately $14.5 million less this coming season than he could have earned under his previous contract. Harden had a $47.4 million option for the upcoming season which he declined last month, saying he wanted to give the 76ers the chance to improve their roster and compete for a championship.

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“That’s where I want to be. That’s where I want to win, and I think we have the pieces to achieve that,” Harden said Wednesday. “Since my first day with the 76ers organization, the team and the fans have helped me feel at home here in Philadelphia. I’m excited to build on last season and can’t wait to get out there with the guys and start this journey.

Daryl Morey, president of the basketball operations team, posted a photo on Instagram of himself posing alongside Harden as the 10-time All-Star guard known as ‘The Beard’ signed his contract.

“Now that feels like a job to us,” Morey wrote.

Harden’s plans have been clear since the end of the Philadelphia season: he’s committed to staying with the 76ers and helping them improve.

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