This summer, James Harden decided not to activate his last year of contract at 47.3 million dollars, to finally sign a new contract of 66 million over two years (1 + 1) with the Sixers.
This season, he will therefore receive 33 million dollars, 14 less than what he would have earned by going to the end of his old contract.
“It was the right decision to make, not just for me, but for the franchise, to give us the best chance of putting the pieces of the puzzle together.”he explains at The Athletic.
A choice which had logically been welcomed by the president of the franchise, Daryl Morey, who was thus able to take advantage of the savings made with the contract of the MVP 2018 to attract reinforcements.
“He did more, I think, than any other star to accept such a low salary,” estimated the former leader of Houston, a month ago. “Without that, we couldn’t have recovered Montrezl Harrell. He left money aside, he was 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 the title. »
But if we except the reactions in Philadelphia, the positive comments on this financial “sacrifice” were too few for the taste of the former Thunder and Rockets player, who would have liked to receive more compliments.
” But you know what ? I do not care “, he says. “It’s like there’s a stereotype of Harden that we’re always going to talk about. They don’t know me and they feel like they can say anything. If there’s one thing I’m not going to do, it’s give them attention. I’m not going to say anything publicly or in the media. I don’t care because I’m comfortable with what I do on and off the pitch. I am lucky to be in this position and I will continue to be myself. »
Still on the subject of numbers, it’s not just the tickets that James Harden is ready to sacrifice since he no longer cares about the number of points he scores.
” At this point, big numbers are fine, but whether I’m averaging 22 or 28 points, I think it’s more about impacting the game every night. I don’t really think about stats. Honestly, I don’t think I ever really thought about it.. »
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