76ers’ James Harden explains strategic decision to take less money on new deal

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James Harden is focused on winning a championship, which is why he chose to walk out of his contract and have less money to come back. Philadelphia 76ers,

Harden told The Associated Press in an interview on Sunday that he wants 76 people to add as many pieces as possible and take what’s left. He $47.4 million player option rejected Early in the season and instead reportedly agreed to a two-year deal that would pay him $32 million the next season.

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James Harden #1 of the Philadelphia 76ers dribbles the ball against the Miami Heat during Game Four of the 2022 NBA Playoff Eastern Conference Semifinals at Wells Fargo Center on May 8, 2022 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. The 76ers beat the Heat 116-108.
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The deal is yet to be finalised.

“We needed our help to sign as many players for less money this year and it was very important to me to be the last team to stand on,” Harden said. “I wanted to show the organization, Sixers fans and everyone else who support what we’re trying to achieve, what I’m trying to accomplish personally, that’s what I’m all about. “

76ers acquired Rigid in trading a time frame With the Nets that saw Ben Simmons, Andre Drummond and Seth Curry head to Brooklyn.

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James Harden of the Philadelphia 76ers reacts during the NBA semifinal between the Philadelphia 76ers and the Miami Heat at the Wells Fargo Center on May 12, 2022 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States.

James Harden of the Philadelphia 76ers reacts during the NBA semifinal between the Philadelphia 76ers and the Miami Heat at the Wells Fargo Center on May 12, 2022 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States.
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The season didn’t go the way it wanted. The 76ers were eliminated by the Miami Heat in the Eastern Conference playoffs. He said he hopes he can come back and be the offensive player he knows he can be.

“Coming back and being aggressive, first the scorer and then the playmaker, is something I need for myself,” Harden said.

The Star Guard is in good health and wants to make a comeback.

“I’m looking for an incredible season. I just don’t want to go out there and run around and not be efficient and look old in there. I still want to be really, really, really good I am,” he said.

Philadelphia 76ers' James Harden (1) calls his teammate during the first half of an NBA basketball game against the New York Knicks on Sunday, February 27, 2022 in New York.

Philadelphia 76ers’ James Harden (1) calls his teammate during the first half of an NBA basketball game against the New York Knicks on Sunday, February 27, 2022 in New York.
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In 21 games with 76, Harden averaged 21 points, 10.5 assists and 7.1 rebounds per game.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.