A $68.6 million-dollar deal, first reported by Adrian Wojnarowski, has come to fruition here in the late weeks of July. Harden seems to be sending the message that he is happy where is right now. Alongside future Hall-of-Famer Joel Embiid, the 76ers have the pieces necessary to make a championship run, even if they aren’t the early favorites among the best offshore sportsbooks at this stage.
James Harden has yet to win a ring and it’s evident that he wants one more than ever. He is entering the later part of his career and his prime might be in the rearview mirror. A decision to make a connection with one team and form relationships with his teammates may pay off soon. Harden has been on his fair share of teams and never seemed to find his fit after his departure with the Houston Rockets.
Now in Philadelphia, Harden has a strong supporting cast. Tyrese Maxey has everything you would see from a superstar and he just entered the league. Joel Embiid is Joel Embiid. His presence on the court can be compared to Shaq’s and is rarely underestimated. However, Embiid is an efficient shooter compared to Shaq. Tobias Harris and Danny Green have provided the shooting the 76ers need. The pieces are in place to compete in this upcoming season.
A 2nd-round exit to the Miami Heat made fans immediately plan for the worst. Rumors were flying around that Harden is leaving and Embiid is unhappy. Embiid just wants to win and wants the strongest team around him possible. By Harden signing this extension, he is sending the message that he is allowing the organization and front office time to build the team and bring in necessary pieces.
The 76ers are one addition away from forming a dominant force. An abundance of shooters accompanied by an intimidating paint presence. 2022-2023 could be a very bright NBA season for 76ers and fans, in hopes of everyone staying healthy.