PHILADELPHIA (AP) – The Philadelphia 76ers are beneath investigation by the NBA for attainable interference in offseason free company involving James Harden, PJ Tucker and Danuel Home, an individual aware of the state of affairs advised The Related Press on Friday evening.
He stated the particular person, who requested anonymity as a result of the investigation is ongoing, is cooperating with the investigation workforce.
Harden signed a contract value a bit greater than $68 million with a $35 million participant possibility for the 2023-2024 season, paying him $33 million this season. Harden, then again, will make $14.5 million much less this season than he acquired beneath his earlier contract. Harden had a $47.4 million possibility for subsequent season, which he declined final month, and stated he wished to offer the 76ers the flexibleness to improve their identify and compete for a title.
ESPN reported on Friday that there have been questions on Harden and the Sixers “signing a handshake settlement on a future contract.”
“It was essential to me that we spent much less cash this yr and signed lots of gamers that we would have liked to assist us compete and be a last-place workforce,” Harden advised The Related Press this month. “I wished to point out the group, the Sixers followers and everybody else who helps what we’re doing, what I am attempting to perform with one another, and that is my objective.”
Tucker signed a three-year, $30 million contract, and Home signed a two-year, $8.4 million deal. With Harden declining his possibility, the Sixers had been in a position to put Tucker on full mid-level waivers and signal Home to a particular two-year deal.
Had Harden been drafted earlier than June 30, Philadelphia would have had a more durable time discovering the monetary means to draw free brokers.
The NBA permitted more durable penalties for misconduct in 2019, and the Chicago Bulls and Miami Warmth, who dealt Lonzo Ball early in the summertime of 2021, additionally banned Kyle Lowry for doing the identical.
NBA Insider Marc Stein reported on July 15 that the league is investigating Tucker’s contract after the 76ers held free-agent talks whereas he was nonetheless beneath contract with the Miami Warmth.
This is not the primary time the 76ers have come beneath scrutiny, as president Daryl Morey was fined $75,000 by the NBA for violating league guidelines in 2021 after a social media change with Steph Curry. He was additionally fined $50,000 for tweets about Harden whereas he was with the Houston Rockets.