James Harden says he’s ‘locked in’ with the 76ers

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James Harden said that he’s “locked in” with the Philadelphia 76ers although he has some contract details to work out.

Harden spoke with Chris Haynes of Yahoo Sports:

“I had conversations with Daryl [Morey] (Sixers GM), and it was explained how we could get better and what the market value was for certain players.

I told Daryl to improve the roster, sign who we needed to sign and give me whatever is left over.”

“This is how bad I want to win. I want to compete for a championship. That’s all that matters to me at this stage. I’m willing to take less to put us in position to accomplish that.”

Harden opted out of his $47.4 million player option for next season, and he agreed to a two-year, $68 million extension with the team earlier this month.

With the 10x All-Star taking less of a salary cap hit, the Sixers were able to sign veterans P.J. Tucker and Danuel House to contracts this offseason.

After Harden was dealt to Philadelphia from Brooklyn, he averaged a robust 21 points, 7.1 rebounds, and 10.5 assists in 21 games.

We’ll see how this stint wraps up with Harden in Philly, and it’s championship or bust at this point for the Sixers in a short time frame.

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