One notable NBA expert says that no one in the leagues expects the Philadelphia 76ers to offer their superstar scorer James Harden a max contract in the offseason.
The 76ers are still reeling from their Thursday Game 6 loss to the Miami Heat and elimination from the 2022 NBA Playoffs. The team put forth a disappointing performance at home and Harden left much to be desired after an 11-point night on 4 -of-9 shooting from the field. It was not the kind of outing Philadelphia decision-makers were hoping for in a big game when they acquired him at the NBA trade deadline.
Next season, the former Houston Rockets and Brooklyn Nets star has a player option worth over $47 million dollars. He is expected to exercise the option, however, the 14-time All-Star is also eligible for a multi-year extension worth $223 million dollars this summer. Following the trade, and after basking in the glow of being free from their drama with former starting point guard Ben Simmons, it seemed likely the team would offer Harden that extension and keep him and MVP candidate Joel Embiid together for many seasons to come. Well, things have changed a lot since then.