Philadelphia 76ers: James Harden’s new contract can affect his legacy

Philadelphia 76ers, James Harden (Photo by Mitchell Leff/Getty Images)
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Harden’s new Philadelphia 76ers contract can affect his legacy: Option Three

Finally, we have option three, the three or four year deal worth around $130 million dollars. The second most likely option in this scenario. This is a team-friendly deal. Leading a path for the entire team to hypothetically get better because of the allocated funds left over.

In the case where Harden is making about $30 million per year to be the point guard, the fulcrum of the offense while averaging 22 to 24 points per game, 10-12 assists, 6-7 rebounds, and shooting splits of 42 percent from the field, 35 percent on 3-pointers, and 85 percent from the charity strip.

That is a borderline all-star depending on how the rest of the Eastern Conference field of guards perform. In this case, Harden backs up his word of wanting to win at all costs (his pay cut) and he performs accordingly or overachieves for what he is making.

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With that happening in the next year and the rest of his contract, he will be looked at as a guy who rehabilitated his image and accepted that his alpha days are behind him. It would be clear that he committed himself to the team and what it needs from him.

Basically subscribing to the what have you done for me lately theory. In that case, he is vindicated in what has been a polarizing conversation surrounding his game and he gets some flowers while still performing at a high level.

No matter what, this is the biggest domino in the Philadelphia 76ers’ offseason. Yet another time that the team has had to make a tough decision on a star-free agent in the past few years. Get your popcorn ready and keep your Twitter feeds up to date as often as possible because the discussion will be a small moment in the large moment that this contract means for the franchise.

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