James Harden Declines $47.3M Option, Becomes Free Agent

It's been a hotly debated topic ever since the Philadelphia 76ers were eliminated from the playoffs: what will a James Harden contract look like for 2022-23?

One thing we now know for sure, is it won't be worth $47M.

Harden has officially declined his option and becomes a free agent. As Woj notes, the move is seen as a means of the Sixers retaining some roster-building flexibility.

ESPN cap expert Bobby Marks says Harden will sign a lower-dollar deal, giving Philly some room below the cap.

Marks figures Harden will come in at about $37-38M per year. 

In addition, his move allows the Sixers to make the highly-expected offer of 3 years, $30M to Harden's former Houston teammate PJ Tucker.  

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