Coming off a volatile playoff run with the Sixers, James Harden is likely to opt out of the second year of his deal with the team to test free agency.
According to president of basketball operations Daryl Morey, the team’s “Scenario A” is for The Beard to return. Unfortunately, Harden is holding the cards and already has a reported suitor in his former team, the Houston Rockets. Does Harden want to stay and run it back with Joel Embiid or does he take the big payday and the feeling of familiarity with Houston?
The process is likely to draw out for awhile. Teams cannot start negotiating with free agents until July 1 (even though they all do ... the Sixers are just the ones that get punished for it) and signings cannot become official until July 6.
Meanwhile, whether Harden returns or not, Morey and the Sixers will have to find a new head coach. Add that to possible roster upheaval and likely much needed soul searching and this as consequential an offseason as the Sixers have had in quite some time.
Keep up with the latest on Harden’s free agency and how it all could affect the Sixers below.