After years of seeming uncommitted to the teams he’s played for, he says he’s all-in with the 76ers and wants to be there for the long term and help them win the Finals.
With his latest signing, he has been given a lot of power but that doesn’t mean he is going to be abandoning ship any time soon.
Because Harden has a player option in year 2, he has veto power on any trade for this upcoming season. https://t.co/le9x8aov61
— Bobby Marks (@BobbyMarks42) July 20, 2022
In the 2022-23 season, Harden will make $33 million and then he has a player option for $35.6 million in the 2023-24 season.
Since Harden has a player option in the second year, he has veto power on any trade for his upcoming season.
Harden is now in control of his destiny so it’s time to see how truthful he is about sticking with the 76ers.
From the Oklahoma City Thunder to the Houston Rockets and especially the Brooklyn Nets, Harden has long been known as someone who doesn’t really commit to his teams.
He seems driven at times and totally checked out at others, critics have said.
However, he might be turning over a new leaf now that he’s in Philadelphia.
He is saying the right things, swearing that he is doing what he must to take himself to the next level and give his team the best chance of success.
This new contract is a sign of that.
He is taking a pay cut to show how serious he is – but he is also gaining some advantages too.
It only makes sense that he has been given the powerful player option since he has also agreed to a decrease in his salary.
And the veto power he has is just another sign of how much the team wants to work with – and trust – Harden in the years ahead.