By Tommy Matthews

James Harden did his best Ben Simmons imitation last night.

He had zero points in the second half of the deciding game 6 against the Heat.

And Simmons came up similarly short in the game 7 decider last season against the Hawks.

And the Sixers have to make a big decision on what to do with Harden in the long term.

The future Hall of Famer does have a $46.8 million player option for the 2022-23 season that he said he would opt in to, but there is talk that he will demand a supermax after that.

Per Brian Windhorst of ESPN, he questions whether the Sixers should give it to him:

“That is sitting in the lap of ownership and Josh Harris. That is going to be his decision. I will tell you this, as I talk to league executives, they say to me if James Harden was in the middle of a $100 million contract like if he had two years left, they would be worried about that.

“The concept of him looking like this at the start of a $200 million/$250 million contract is unthinkable and we know Daryl Morey is heavily invested in him, but it’s ownership that’s gotta sign off on it.

“The issue is when they made this trade, they knew they were not trading for James Harden. They were trading for James Harden and the right to pay him that. They mortgaged their depth and their future to do so and they’re pinning themselves in the corner.”

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