NBA Rumors: James Harden Reportedly Back in Philadelphia

76ers star James Harden will not exercise his option to remain with the team for the 2022-2023 season on a salary of $47.36 million, according to Shams Charania the athlete. He would rather come with you Philadelphia on a free agent contract to give the team more financial flexibility.

Harden reportedly made the decision in recent weeks, communicating an ultimate goal for the 76ers: winning the championship next season, Charania reports.

The 2018 NBA MVP winner joined the team through a trade from the Brooklyn Nets last season. In return, the New York formation had received several players, including playmaker Ben Simmons.

Harden averaged 21 points per game, 10.5 assists and 7.1 rebounds in 21 games with his new team.

Bamba, in the sights of the Rockets?

According to Kelly Iko of the athleteCenter Mo Bamba would be coveted by the Houston Rockets.

Iko mentions that the Orlando Magic, Bamba’s current team, have already offered the number 5 for their brand new first overall winner, Paolo Banchero. The team also offered Wendell Carter Jr. a contract extension.

Iko also mentioned an interest from the Chicago Bulls in the 7-foot-tall player.

Bamba saw his name sixth in the 2018 NBA draft, averaging 10.6 points, 8.1 rebounds and 1.7 blocks last season. He also excelled in his skills behind the three-point line, posting a 38.1% completion rate in 2021-22.

What will the Knicks do?

According to multiple sources, the New York Knicks would be the favorites in the race for Jalen Brunson. The Dallas Mavericks point guard was a key factor in their last playoff run, and several NBA teams are reportedly interested in his services. Rumors linking Brunson to the Knicks intensified after the team sent Alec Burks and Nerlens Noel to the Detroit Pistons to make room on the payroll.

According to NBA reporter Marc Stein, the Knicks also want to offer center Mitchell Robinson a contract. The team would like to offer the 24-year-old a multi-season deal. Robinson played four seasons for the Knicks and averaged 8.5 points and 8.6 rebounds in 72 games last season.

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