James Harden, after leaving the Houston Rockets at the end of 2020, he never found a situation where he could return the MVP he was in the 2017-18 season. It all went south in Brooklyn, until he was traded last year to the Philadelphia 76ers. In the 2022 Playoffs, however, Harden has disappointed, and although things are going well so far this season (the team has a 19-12 record) in the summer the Beard will be a free agent.
Last summer Harden signed a two-year deal with Philadelphia, giving up a large chunk of salary to allow the team to improve, such as by signing PJ Tucker. But next season on the Beard’s contract will be a Player Option that could make him a free agent in the summer if he decides to decline it. The Player Option has a value of $35.6 million, so Harden could easily earn more elsewhere.
According to Adrian Wojnarowski, James Harden will consider a return to Houston in the coming months. He would find a completely different team in Texas than the one he left a few years ago, much younger with interesting profiles like Jalen Green and Alperen Sengun. And maybe even Victor Wembanyama, since the Rockets are currently last in the West with a 9-20 record and could have the first overall call-up in the next Draft.