“Will Never Help Them Win”: NBA Twitter in Disbelief After Details About James Harden and his Potential Supermax Deal With 76ers Revealed

Published 05/06/2022, 1:11 AM EDT
Apr 2, 2022; Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA; Philadelphia 76ers guard James Harden (1) reacts to his three pointer against the Charlotte Hornets during the third quarter at Wells Fargo Center. Mandatory Credit: Bill Streicher-USA TODAY Sports

James Harden has to be one of the luckiest men in the NBA right now. He has not been exactly setting the house on fire these past two years, but he has already signed two million dollar contracts with two teams. In yesterday’s match, Harden proved that while he has still something left in his tank, his scoring has greatly suffered since his hamstring injury. Some might say the playoffs were never his strongest suit, but to see his sudden rapid decline is hard, even for the harshest of his critics.

Nonetheless, there has been news floating in that Harden will be offered a new supermax contract by the Philadelphia 76ers. What’s a supermax contract, you say? A SuperMax contract is basically just the largest paycheck an NBA player can get. It is also known as the ‘Designated Veteran Player Exception’. With this, a team could sign a player for another year, at 25% of the team’s overall salary limit, and each year they get an extra 8%. Harden was supposed to exercise the $47.3 million player option for the 2022-23 season, but he fumbled the paperwork.

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Fans reaction to the “contract”

Fans have been derisive about this supposed new contract. To them, the last two performances prove that as much as the media hypes him up, Harden has shown nothing close to it recently. These are some of the reactions from the “intellectuals” of NBA Twitter on this potential contract:

James Harden and the Sixers

James Harden for the 76ers against the Miami Heat

James Harden was signed by the Philadelphia 76ers during February of this year. He, along with Paul Millsap, went to the Sixers from the Brooklyn Nets. The Sixers gave Seth Curry, Andre Drummond, Ben Simmons as compensation to the Nets alongside their 2022 and 2027 first-round draft picks.

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Sixers president Daryl Morey has an unwavering fondness for Harden stemming from their days together in Houston. Morey’s not-so-secret plan was to lock him up to a max contract in Philly, right? The franchise didn’t give up Ben Simmons for a rental player. But the 10-time All-Star has been showing signs of decline. A playoff exit could cause the Sixers to think about hitting the reset button.

But according to The Athletic’s Sam Amick, Harden will definitely be back in Philly next season alongside Joel Embiid. The Sixers might get him at a bargain rate while trying to sell Harden’s nagging hamstring injury as the reason for his struggles.

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Aditya Kar

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Aditya Kar is an NBA writer for EssentiallySports. A holder of Bachelors and Masters degrees in History, he has been a fan of the NBA since 2011. He has a very keen interest in the stories that define the league and the sport.

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