The Philadelphia 76ers and James Harden are heading toward agreeing to a short-term contract extension worth a "significant number" after Harden opts into his $47 million player option for 2022-23, according to ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski, confirming a report from last week from Bleacher Report's Jake Fischer.
Woj reports the extension could be as many as two additional years for likely less money than a max contract would pay, but "still a significant commitment."
Adding additional pieces around Harden and Joel Embiid will now be the tricky part for Daryl Morey and the Philadelphia 76ers, as free-agency is set to begin on June 30th.
Reports have indicated that they are gauging interest around the league on Tobias Harris, Matisse Thybulle, Danny Green, Furkan Korkmaz, and their 2022 late first-round pick. Earlier on Wednesday, Woj reported that Morey is calling teams around the league to see if they have interest in a package of Thybulle and the 23rd overall pick in tomorrow night's draft.
Thybulle, 25, has a $4.38 million cap hit for 2022-23.