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James Harden meets with Sixers to begin negotiating

The Philadelphia 76ers are set to meet James Harden Saturday to start negotiating his new contract, per Chris Haynes of Yahoo Sports. Harden opted out of the final year of his contract this week in order to potentially negotiate a new contract with the Sixers.

When Harden declined his $47.4 million player option, Shams Charania of The Athletic and Stadium reported that he would sign a new free-agent deal with the Sixers. The Sixers star was expected to opt out of his current in order to help his team add more players.

Philadelphia took a big swing last season by acquiring Harden from the Brooklyn Nets for a package that included guards Ben Simmons and Seth Curry, center Andre Drummond and two first-round picks.

The 10-time All-Star, three-time scoring champion and one-time NBA MVP played well in 21 games for the Sixers, averaging 21.0 points, 10.5 assists and 7.1 rebounds. However, the 76ers eliminated in the second round of the playoffs to the Miami Heat.

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76ers already signed PJ Tucker on a three-year deal worth $30M, while they added De’Anthony Melton via trade at the draft day. While nothing is official regarding Harden returning to Philadelphia, the expectation has always been that he would re-sign with the team.

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