Report: James Harden to decline player-option with Sixers, seeking long-term deal


Philadelphia 76ers' guard James Harden intend to decline his $35.6 million player-option with the Sixers to become a free-agent this summer, seeking to a long-term deal, according to Bleacher Report's Chris Haynes.

Harden, who will turn 34 in August, is coming off of a season where he took a pay cut with the Sixers and had a successful regular season, averaging 21.0 points, 6.1 rebounds and an NBA best 10.7 assists per game.

However, Harden was streaky in the postseason and came up small in key games six and seven against the Celtics in the semifinals, as the Sixers were eliminated in the second-round of the playoffs once again.

When asked about Harden during his press conference on Wednesday, Sixers president of basketball operations said the team is interested in bringing him back.

Morey also said, "There are like 26 other teams that would rather have our roster. We're starting with the MVP of the league. We're going to lose some free-agents. There are some key ones we want to bring back."

The Houston Rockets have been rumored multiple times to be a possible destination for Harden who has family there, has played there previously, and feels comfortable there.

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