NBA.  League opens NBA investigation into Harden's Philadelphia extension

NBA. League opens NBA investigation into Harden’s Philadelphia extension

The North American Basketball League (NBA) has opened an investigation to determine whether the extension of James Harden’s contract with Philadelphia, announced on Wednesday, complies with transfer regulations, the United States press revealed on Friday.

According to the daily Philadelphia Inquirer and the TV channel ESPNthe NBA wants to determine if the Sixers and Harden had started discussions about extending his contract before the official opening of the transfer period, set for June 30, which is prohibited.

The Sixers guard initially gave up activating the option to extend his contract for one season, which would have guaranteed him a salary of 47 million dollars (46 million euros) in 2022 -2023.

A pay cut to recruit two players

He then extended for two seasons, until 2024, for a total amount of 68.6 million dollars (67.2 million euros), therefore accepting a large reduction in salary, which is authorized, in order to allow in Philadelphia to recruit two players, PJ Tucker and Danuel House.

Harden, crowned NBA MVP in 2018 and one of the top scorers in activity, joined Philadelphia last February as part of a trade with the Brooklyn Nets, his team since 2021, who received from his Ben Simmons side.

Despite “The Beard”, who averaged 18.6 points per game in the play-offs, the Sixers lost in the Eastern Conference semifinals against Miami (4-2).

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