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Former Sixers All-Star makes decision on future ahead of free agency

Former Sixers All-Star makes decision on future ahead of free agency

Former Sixers All-Star makes decision on future ahead of free agency

Last summer, the Philadelphia 76ers had James Harden under contract for the 2023-2024 season. After Harden exercised his player option, he hoped to elect not to renew it and secure a trade to the Los Angeles Clippers.

It took the Sixers months to reach an agreement with Los Angeles, but the deal was canceled a few games into the season.

Harden arrived in Los Angeles on a one-year deal, along with former 76ers forward PJ Tucker. At this point, it is evident that both veterans are ready to return to the Clippers for next season.

Earlier this week, Tucker made the expected move of accepting his player option for the 2024-2025 season.

On Sunday, Harden re-signed with the Clippers for two years, according to Shams Charania of The athletic.

According to Charania, Harden will make $70 million over the next two seasons. The second year of the contract is a player option, making the deal similar to the one he signed with the Sixers two offseasons ago.

With the Clippers, Harden played 72 games, averaged 17 points, five rebounds and nine assists, and made 38 percent of his three-point shots.

In the playoffs, the Clippers had Harden play an average of 40 minutes in six games. He scored 21 points per game and dished out eight assists. The Clippers were eliminated in the first round.

Harden will have the opportunity to pay for a full season for the Clippers for the first time. Meanwhile, the Sixers will look to replace Harden this offseason, looking for a third All-Star to join the duo of Joel Embiid and Tyrese Maxey.