By Lewis Gould
Shams Charania of The Athletic is reporting that James Harden declined his $47.3 million option today with the intention of re-upping with the Sixers on a team-friendly deal to allow for more financial/roster flexibility.
Assuming the reported structure of the deal gets done, it would give Philly the full mid-level exception, $4.1 million bi-annual exception and sign-and-trade possibilities.
That would help the Sixers revamp the bench in pursuit of an NBA title.
According to Charania, Harden’s sole focus is winning a championship with Philly, and in addition to potentially taking a pay cut, he began his workout and on-court regimen much sooner this offseason.