The Philadelphia 76ers made the return of James Harden official on Monday night. Or as they put it, officially official .
Harden, 32, was acquired by the Sixers in February from the Brooklyn Nets in a deal that sent Ben Simmons to Brooklyn. “The Beard” averaged 21.0 points, 10.5 assists, and 7.1 rebounds in 21-games with the Sixers.
The 10-time NBA All-Star took less money to return to Philadelphia. He spoke about why in the Sixers’ official release.
“This is where I want to be. This is where I want to win, and I think we have the pieces to accomplish that goal. From 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 off of last season and I can’t wait to get out on the court with the guys and start this journey.”James Harden via Philadelphia 76ers press release
Harden’s deal is officially a 2-year, $68.6 million contract. He will make $33 million for the 2022-23 season and $35.6 million for the 2023-24 season. The latter is a player option.
The deal allowed the Sixers to add De’Anthony Melton, PJ Tucker, Danuel House Jr., and Trevelin Queen this offseason.