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The Rush: What does the future hold for James Harden and Bradley Beal in free agency?

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NBA Free Agency is on the horizon as players like James Harden and Bradley Beal look to lock up long-term contracts. Trae Young offered a warm (and possible foreshadowing) welcome to new teammate Dejounte Murray after the Spurs traded the guard to the Hawks and Candace Parker continues to pave her own path in the WNBA history books, adding another accomplishment to her incredible résumé.

Video Transcript

[MUSIC PLAYING]

(SINGING) Money, money, money, money, money. Money. Money, money, money, money, money. Money. Money, money, money, money, money.

JARED QUAY: Man, I love days like today. Happy holidays, everybody.

- Am I missing something?

JARED QUAY: NBA free agency negotiations start this evening, and I love watching other people get rich. I'm talking about big bank take little bank.

[MUSIC PLAYING]

(SINGING) Got a head for the specs. Better grab an umbrella. I make it rain.

JARED QUAY: Technically those checks won't clear till July 6 when the contracts can be finalized. But negotiating is about to kick off. And we already have some spoilers, like James Harden declining his $47.4 million option to play with the 76ers next season.

- Damn!

JARED QUAY: Don't freak out. Our dude Shams at "The Athletic" says that Harden still intends to re-sign with Philly, but with a more flexible contract. I don't know how you can have a beard and still want flexibility. You got to commit, Harden.

Yo, can you imagine being in a position in your life when saying no to $47 million is actually the right decision?

- #humbleandblessed.

JARED QUAY: Bradley Beal declined his $34.6 million option to stay with the Wizards, but he too has plenty of choices, including signing a five-year max deal with Washington or a four-year contract with another team.

- See? Lots of options.

JARED QUAY: Various teams are already making moves, like the Spurs, who sent Dejounte Murray to the Hawks. I love this supportive tweet from Atlanta star Trae Young, with the subtle hint that Murray is going to be playing second fiddle shoved in the corner behind Trae.

- Point taken.

JARED QUAY: You want to know who's worth every penny and then some?

- Uh-- who's that?

JARED QUAY: Candace Parker, that's who.

- Too strong off the glass. Here comes Parker, leading the break. Parker lifts it off--

- Oh my goodness.

- --to Kahleah Copper. 1,500 assists for CP3.

JARED QUAY: CP3 is the first player in WNBA history with 6,000 points, 3,000 rebounds and 1,500 assists. Not only did Parker make individual history, but she led the Chicago Sky to a win over the Connecticut Sun with a season-high 25 points, 11 rebounds, seven assists and four blocks. This woman is in her 14th WNBA season. She's 36 years old, has two kids, and is a reigning WNBA champion-- and a broadcaster.

- I'll have what she's having.

JARED QUAY: Can someone please model what makes Candace Parker the GOAT and put it into a serum? Because I'd pay top dollar for it right now. I don't even want to chemically test it. I don't need no lab coat, no tests, no monkeys. I want it 'cause I need to be a GOAT.