James Harden to Opt Out of 76ers Deal, Seeking Long-Term Contract with Rockets

James Harden could be traded for the third time since leaving the Houston Rockets in January 2021.

Harden intends to decline his $35.6 million player option for the Philadelphia 76ers, according to Bleacher Report, and the potential Hall-of-Famer is seeking

what may be his final large payout of his career. Harden will be 34 years old when the 2023-24 season begins, and he hopes to sign a four-year contract.  

Harden's performance has dipped since leaving Houston for the Brooklyn Nets. However, the 10-time All-Star remains one of the league's top facilitators.

Harden led the NBA in assists with 10.7 assists per game and 21.0 points per game in 58 games.

The 76ers went 54-28 during the regular season but were defeated in seven games by the Boston Celtics in the Eastern Conference Semi-Finals.

Following the 76ers' postseason demise on Sunday, Harden reiterated his desire to win his first championship.

He has, however, expressed his respect for the Rockets' young roster as well as the city of Houston, which he refers to as his home.