The biggest query of the Sixers' summer has finally received a definite response.
James Harden has agreed to a new deal that will pay him $33 million in 2022–2023 and has a player option for 2023–2024 that is worth $35.6 million.
The details of Harden's Sixers contract were first revealed by ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski.
Since Harden declined his $47.4 million player option, it was anticipated that he would accept a sum far lower.
Due to Harden's pay cut, the Sixers were able to sign P.J. Tucker and Danuel House Jr. with the normal mid-level exception and the bi-annual exception, respectively.
Daryl Morey, president of basketball operations, would have had a far harder time finding a better supporting cast for Harden and MVP runner-up Joel Embiid if he had exercised his option.