This summer, James Harden He decided not to capitalize his last one-year contract for 47.3 million dollars and finally decided to sign a new 66 million contract with the Sixers over two years (1+1).
So this season, he will receive $33 million, 14 less than he earned by going to the end of his old contract.
“It was the right decision not only for me, but for the franchise, to give us the best chance at putting the pieces of the puzzle together.”explains at The Athletic.
A choice that was sensibly welcomed by franchise head Daryl Morey so he could leverage the savings made with his MVP 2018 contract to attract supplements.
“I think he did more than any other star to accept such a low salary.” former Houston executive said, one month ago. “Without him we wouldn’t have been able to save Montrezl Harrell. He put the money aside, he’s involved from day one, he does what Doc Rivers asks of him… He has a global impact and carries the team to help them win championships.”
But aside from Philadelphia’s reactions, positive reviews for this financial “sacrifice” were few and far between, to the likes of the former Thunder and Rockets player who wanted more praise.
“But you know? I don’t care”, says. “It’s like there’s a Harden stereotype that we’re always talking about. They don’t know me and they think they can say anything. The one thing I won’t do is pay attention to them. I’m not going to say anything to the public or the media. I don’t care because I’m happy with what I’m doing on and off the pitch. I am lucky to be myself and I will continue to be myself. »
Again on numbers, it’s not just the tickets that James Harden is willing to sacrifice because he no longer cares about points.
” At this stage, big numbers are fine, but whether I average 22 or 28 points, I think it’s more about influencing the game every night. I don’t think much about statistics. To be honest, I don’t think I’ve ever really thought about it.. »
|Season||Crew||general manager||Minimum||pull||3 points||LF||Closed||definition||Early||pd||Party||int||bp||IT||Point|
|2020-21 *||All Teams||44||37||46.6||36.2||86.1||0.8||7.1||7.9||10.8||2.3||1.2||4.0||0.8||24.6|
|2021-22 *||All Teams||65||37||41.0||33.0||87.7||0.9||6.9||7.7||10.3||2.4||1.3||4.4||0.6||22.0|
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