Reports: James Harden meeting with Sixers brass in Hamptons

Regardless of whether Harden takes the lower boundary, the upper boundary, or something in the middle, what he has done to this point has been noble. Rather than pick up his player option worth roughly $47.4 million, Harden recognized that his best chance to win a title was to take significantly less money on a new contract so that Philadelphia could reshape the supporting cast around him and Joel Embiid.

The Philadelphia 76ers shaped the pieces ancillary to their core with a pair of signings to kick off the NBA’s free agency frenzy on Thursday, adding forward PJ Tucker and wing Danuel House Jr.

Both players are former teammates of Sixers free agent guard James Harden; yet, Philadelphia didn’t re-up the fulcrum of those Rockets teams in the opening minutes of the summer’s sweepstakes.

But a little less than 2 days after the opening bell, it appears as though Harden’s piece is prepared to slide into the puzzle Philadelphia has created:

NBC Sports Philadelphia’s John Clark confirmed and added a bit of context to Haynes’ information:

Up to this point, the veteran experience of the Sixers’ front office has shown through. Philadelphia recognized that it was going to need the Non-taxpayer Mid-level and Bi-Annual exceptions to accomplish what it was looking to do in free agency.

With Harden willing to take a pay-cut for the betterment of the team, the Sixers took care of their supporting cast first and table Harden’s negotiations for the remainder of the space below the NBA’s tax apron.

Now, it seems Harden will have a decision to make.

Based upon salary projections for the 2022-23 season, and reporting that Harden’s annual salary is expected to be somewhere in the “mid-30s”, he’ll have a few options.

Harden could take a deal giving him $35 million or less in 2022-23. That would give the Sixers a rough ceiling of $2,764,368 of space below the apron with which they can operate to add veterans on minimum contracts or make trades.

Alternatively, the highest figure Harden projects to be able to sign for in 2022-23 is $37,760,000. That first-year salary would give the Sixers approximately $4,368 below the apron, limiting Philadelphia strictly to trades that would see them match salaries or take on less money than they’re sending out.

Regardless of whether Harden takes the lower boundary, the upper boundary, or something in the middle, what he has done to this point has been noble. Rather than pick up his player option worth roughly $47.4 million, Harden recognized that his best chance to win a title was to take significantly less money on a new contract so that Philadelphia could reshape the supporting cast around him and Joel Embiid.

For that, he deserves some commendation. But ultimately, it means nothing if Harden can’t pick up his share of the slack on the court.

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Sixers to rest Embiid for regular season finale

This comes after the Milwaukee Bucks rested star Giannis Antetokounmpo, who was chasing Embiid for the scoring title, for their final game of the regular season.

The Philadelphia 76ers will be without star center Joel Embiid for Sunday’s regular season finale against the Detroit Pistons. Embiid will officially miss the game due to right knee soreness.

This comes after the Milwaukee Bucks rested star Giannis Antetokounmpo, who was chasing Embiid for the scoring title, for their final game of the regular season. With Antetokounmpo out, Embiid clinched the honor with an average of 30.6 points per game.

Philadelphia still has a chance to claim the 3-seed in the Eastern Conference. They can do so with a victory over the Pistons and a Celtics loss to the Grizzlies on Sunday. The two decisive games will be played at the same time.

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Sixers star guard James Harden out vs Heat

The Philadelphia 76ers will be without James Harden when they take on the Miami Heat.

The Philadelphia 76ers will have to step on the floor in Miami less their shiny new star. The team told reporters this afternoon that James Harden would miss the second leg of Philadelphia’s back-to-back against the Heat on Saturday night.

Harden will be out with what the Sixers call “left hamstring recovery”. It is part of his scheduled management program. The Beard missed his first couple games with the team as he recovered from a hamstring injury suffered towards the end of his time in Brooklyn.

He’s played in 4 games as a Sixer, and his star-level impact has certainly been felt. Philly is +69 in the 146 minutes Harden has been on the court. The team is 4-0 in those games, and has looked every bit of an elite offense.

Philadelphia is just 2 games behind Miami for the top seed in the Eastern Conference. With 2 games left in their head-to-head season series, there is ostensibly much at stake in these last two matchups.

It appears as though the playing field may be level on Saturday night, though. Kyle Lowry will not play due to personal reasons. Jimmy Butler is questionable with an irritated left big toe.

According to Caesars Sportsbook, Miami is favored by 5.5 points in this game.

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No Sixers honored on U.S. or World Rising Stars Challenge rosters

No members of the Philadelphia 76ers have made the Rising Stars Challenge.

With All-Star weekend approaching in Atlanta, it is time to honor some of the best young players in the league. While there will not be a Rising Stars Challenge game this year amid the global pandemic, the young players will still be honored on their own rosters.

The NBA announced the Rising Stars Challenge rosters for both the U.S. Team and the World Team and there were some really big names on both rosters. However, no members of the Philadelphia 76ers made the rosters.

Rookie Tyrese Maxey could have made the U.S. roster, but he was not named to the roster while second-year guard Matisse Thybulle was not named to the World roster either. Thybulle did not make the Rising Stars Challenge as a rookie as well.

It was going to be tough for either guy to make the roster considering Maxey’s playing time has been up and down while working on his game. Thybulle, on the other hand, makes his biggest impact on the defensive end of the floor and he does not make any big highlight plays. So it is understandable for both players.

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