Harden agrees to new 76ers' NBA deal

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James Harden has agreed to a two-year, $68.6 million ($A99.6m) deal to remain with the Philadelphia 76ers.

The deal features a player option on the second year of the contract worth $35.6 million ($A51.7m). If Harden rejects the option, he will become a free agent following the 2022-23 season.

Harden had previously rejected a one-year, $47.3 million ($A68.7m) option for next season, making him a free agent.

His new deal will see him earn $33 million in the first year, placing him as the eighth highest-paid point guard in the NBA next season.

Stephen Curry, Russell Westbrook, Damian Lillard, Trae Young, Luka Doncic, Kyrie Irving and Ben Simmons will earn more than Harden at his position next season.

The Philadelphia guard, who turns 33 next month, averaged 22 points and 10.3 assists across 65 games with the Nets and Sixers last NBA season. Brooklyn traded him to Philly in February as part of a blockbuster deal that included Australian Ben Simmons going the other way. For the fourth time in five years, though, the Sixers were eliminated in the second round of the playoffs.

Harden spent time with the Oklahoma City Thunder and Houston Rockets before his stints with the Nets and 76ers. He has appeared in 942 games (728 starts) across 13 seasons and is averaging 24.9 points, 5.6 rebounds and 6.8 assists.

During his time with the Rockets, he was the league's scoring champion three seasons in a row (2018-20) and was also named MVP following the 2017-18 season.

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