Woj: James Harden, Sixers heading towards short contract extension

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Free agency begins at the end of June and for the Philadelphia 76ers, that means making sure all of their ducks are in a row as they move forward with the offseason.

The biggest need is making sure they get James Harden taken care of. They made a big deal to acquire him at the deadline as they expect him and Joel Embiid to be able to lead the Sixers to the top of the NBA mountain.

After falling short in the 2022 playoffs, the question now comes focused on Harden’s future. The team wants to be able to keep him around for a bit and they have their eyes set on signing him to a shorter extension as they move forward.

ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski hopped on SportsCenter and he confirmed an earlier report that Harden will opt in to his $47.4 million player option and that the two sides will agree on a 2-year contract extension.

As the Sixers and Harden move forward with this new partnership, the focus now has to be able to put the right pieces around him and Embiid so Philadelphia can properly contend for a title. The current focus is on two of Harden’s former teammates, Eric Gordon and P.J. Tucker, who will come in and fit well next to the two stars.

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