In an exclusive interview with Chris Haynes of Yahoo Sports, Philadelphia 76ers Star defender James Harden says he took less money to help the Sixers build a championship contender this season.
In the interview, Harden expressed his desire to win the championship, adding that he has urged Sixers general manager Daryl Morey to improve the roster and that he will take whatever money is left.
“I spoke to Daryl and it was explained to me how we can get better and what the market value is for certain players. I told Daryl to improve the squad, sign. contract with the person we need and give away whatever is left.” Harden said to Hynes. “This is the bad thing when I want to win. I want to compete for the championship. That’s all that matters to me at this stage. I’m willing to spend less to get us in place. mind accomplishes it.”
At the end of June, Harden turned down his $47.3 million player selection for the 2022-23 season. On July 8, The Athletic’s Shams Charnia report that Harden planned to take a $15 million pay cut for this upcoming season and signed a two-year contract with the Sixers.
During the season, the Sixers more veterans PJ Tucker, Danuel House, De’Anthony Melton, and Trevelin Queen.
Sixers acquired Harden in February blockbuster deal with the Brooklyn Nets, the team sent Ben Simmons, Seth Curry, Andre Drummond and the first two picks to the Nets in exchange for a ten-time All-Star championship.
Harden averaged 21 points, 10.5 assists, 7.1 rebounds and 1.2 steals in 21 regular season games with the Sixers. In 12 playoffs, Harden scored 18.6 points, 8.6 assists and 5.7 rebounds.