BREAKING: James Harden Makes Shocking Decision On His Future

In a stunning turn of events, 10-time All-Star James Harden has made the decision to OPT IN to his $35.6M player option for the coming season, and is now working with the Philadelphia 76ers on a TRADE. Wow.

It's believed that the Sixers made it clear that there would be no long-term extension for Harden, so he's apparently decided he needs to move on. This is the third time in two years that Harden has forced a trade out of town. He asked out of Houston in 2021 when that team was starting its plummet to the bottom of the league, arranging a trade to the Brooklyn Nets to team up with Kevin Durant and Kyrie Irving.

When that was obviously not going to work, he manoeuvered his way out of Brooklyn in 2022, forcing a trade to the Sixers to join forces with Embiid. But that, too, ended in disappointment, as Philly was ousted in the second round of the playoff both in '22 and again this year. 

Now he's forcing his way out of the City of Brotherly Love. 

Harden cannot sign an extension with whatever team he's dealt to; he will become a free agent once again next summer, going into his age-35 season.

Where to next for The Beard?

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