Eliminated in the Eastern Conference semi-finals in May against Boston (3-4), the Philadephia 76ers are preparing for a hectic summer. They have already replaced their coach Doc Rivers with Nick Nurse, and while James Harden could have been freed if he declined the option of an additional year in his contract (valued at $35.6m, $32.6m €), the 33-year-old playmaker decided to activate him… while asking for his transfer, according to journalists Shams Charania (The Athletic) and Adrian Wojnarowski (ESPN).
The Knicks and the Clippers among the candidates?
Both parties would therefore be actively working to find a way out for the one who arrived at the Sixers in January 2022 (from the Brooklyn Nets) and had completed the 2022-2023 regular season with 21 points and 10.7 assists on average.
The Houston Rockets, Harden’s former franchise (2012-2021), appeared to be serious candidates to bring him back if he found himself a free agent, but the New York Knicks and the LA Clippers are now cited as potential destinations for the Los Angeles native, three-time leading scorer, twice leading passer and ten-time All-Star since the start of his NBA career.