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John Clark of NBC Sports Philadelphia reported that the 76ers believed that hiring D’Antoni would attract James Harden to the team. After the 2021-22 season, Harden can become a free agent.
Although the plan sounds good in theory, the logic does not take long to clarify.
D’Antoni is 69 years old this year. When he renewed his contract with the Houston Rockets last May, he said he wanted to coach Two or three other seasons-including the current 2019-20 season.
Even if D’Antoni is rejuvenated and wants to prove that he goes deeper into the 70s, he cannot wait for the possibility of two years or so power Follow him to Philadelphia.
By the start of the 2022-23 season, Harden will also be 33 years old. By then, the 2017-18 NBA MVP will probably not be washed out, but he will be at or close to his peak. In his 30s, the idea of giving him more than $50 million per season seemed troublesome, although it will depend on the financial situation of the NBA, but it can cost a lot.
The 76ers will not have cap space in the 2022 offseason. They can trade Harden before then, but this may require the transfer of Ben Simmons or Joel Embiid along with other assets in order for the finances to work properly.
More crazier things have happened in the NBA, but the possibility of this result is very slim.