The Philadelphia 76ers plan on re-signing James Harden this offseason. The 76ers, however, may not simply offer Harden the full max. Harden has a $47.4 million player option with the 76ers though he can decline it and re-sign on a five-year, $270 million deal. Harden could also take less money, which could theoretically allow the 76ers to improve the roster around him.
"The plan is to have him back," said Daryl Morey. "That's been the plan since the trade. Obviously, we have to work with his representation, and that'll be between us to figure out how that works."
After forcing his way off the Brooklyn Nets in February with the 76ers giving up Ben Simmons, Seth Curry and multiple future first round picks, it is difficult to conceive of a scenario in which a rival team values Harden as much as they do. Harden struggled as a scorer during the playoffs, leading some to question whether he is worth a near max contract at his age.