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an investigation into James Harden's extension to Philadelphia

an investigation into James Harden’s extension to Philadelphia

The NBA has opened an investigation to determine whether the extension of James Harden’s contract with Philadelphia, announced on Wednesday, complies with transfer regulations, the American press revealed on Friday.

More trouble for “The Beard”? The North American Basketball League (NBA) has opened an investigation to determine whether the extension of James Harden’s contract with the Philadelphia 76ers, announced on Wednesday, complies with transfer regulations, the American press revealed on Friday.

According to the Philadelphia Inquirer and ESPN television, the NBA wants to determine whether the Sixers and Harden began talks about extending his contract before the official transfer window, set for June 30, began. which is banned.

A reduction in salary to allow for reinforcements

The Sixers point guard initially gave up activating the option to extend his contract for one season, which would have guaranteed him a salary of 47 million dollars (46 million euros) in 2022 -2023.

He then extended for two seasons, until 2024, for a total amount of 68.6 million dollars (67.2 million euros), therefore accepting a large reduction in salary, which is authorized, in order to allow in Philadelphia to recruit two players, PJ Tucker and Danuel House.

Harden, crowned NBA MVP in 2018 and one of the top scorers in activity, joined Philadelphia last February as part of a trade with the Brooklyn Nets, his team since 2021, who received from his Ben Simmons side. Despite “The Beard”, who averaged 18.6 points per game in the play-offs, the Sixers lost in the Eastern Conference semifinals to Miami (4-2).

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