The NBA is investigating the Philadelphia 76ers for tampering according to the intrepid Adrian Wojnarowski. The investigation centers around James Harden’s rejection of his player option for 2022-23. Harden recently re-signed with the Sixers on a team friendly two-year, $68.5 million deal.
The Harden deal allowed the Sixers to sign PJ Tucker, Danuel House, De’Anthony Melton, and Trevelin Queen. This has made the NBA upset.
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.
The Philadelphia 76ers unveiled plans for a new $1.3 billion area in Center City Philadelphia on Thursday morning. Dubbed “76 Place at Market East”, the privately funded arena would become the Sixers home court for the 2031-32 season.
The move should come as no surprise to Sixers fans. The Sixers have been long term tenants at Wells Fargo Center which is owned by Comcast-Spectacor, the Philadelphia Flyers parent company. Owners Josh Harris and David Blitzer have mentioned the desire to move the Sixers into their own arena numerous times over the years.
The Fashion District site was chosen from three proposed locations. The other locations included the Penn’s Landing area and a location in Camden City, NJ adjacent to the teams’ practice facility. The Penn’s Landing proposal faced heavy criticism from neighborhood residents.