Ultimate decoding|Harden's extension of "love triangle" failed: Rockets withdrew, cheaper 76ers?
Today's NBA's most important news is The Athletic's reporter Kelly Iko's disclosure that the Rockets gave up chasing James Harden:
"In recent days as far as I know, Harden is no longer interested in returning to the Rockets, (the Rockets) have dropped out of contention, and Harden does not want to take a pay cut for two consecutive years"
With the Eastern Conference semifinals 3-4 Celtics losing again, Harden, who took a salary cut last offseason, was empty.
He signed a two-year, $68.6 million contract with the 76ers before the start of the season (with a player option for the second year). In today's 40 million contracts in the NBA, which is a contract far below his worth, Harden is willing to give the team space to sign old teammates P.J. Tucker and Daniel House.
You can think that last season's salary was paid by Ha Gongzi.
However, this offseason, Harden is not ready to be the big man again, and announced early that he will jump out of the final year of player options to become a free agent, hoping to get a big contract that really fits his value.
Considering that Dengo has earned a total salary of $300 million in his career, and the tragic experience of not having a crown so far, his choice of home is basically two criteria.
(1) Salary, whether a contract that meets his value can be given.
(2) To compete for the championship, is there a group of teammates who can help him realize his dream.
Among them, if you want to make money, you naturally return to your old club Houston Rockets.
Space City's total salary this year is less than $60 million, and there are still more than $60 million left before the NBA's poor ghost line, and if they are willing, they can open a 4-year, 200 million contract to "marry" Dengo back home.
But foreigners are also people, and today's Rockets president Stone happened to meet Harden's transfer when he took office, and once took out a 2-year contract of 102 million, but Dengo sent a good guy card without blinking his eyes.
Now feng shui takes turns, and when Harden wants to go home and see, Stone would rather give VanVleet a 2-year 84 million maximum salary short contract than make Harden comfortable.
So the biggest possibility for Harden now is to complete a contract with the 76ers that will not satisfy him regardless of annual salary or contract length (3 years 100 million?). It's even possible to actually execute his $35.62 million contract that year.
In fact, the biggest advantage of staying with the 76ers is that you can be closer to the championship.
Although he and Embiid once again habitually pull their crotches in this year's playoffs, sometimes winning a championship in the NBA really depends not only on strength, but also on luck.
At the beginning of the season, few people really regarded the Nuggets as championship favorites, and people remember more about the two-time MVP teacher being shaved 8-1 by Paul and Curry for two consecutive years, and there were many people who questioned him as parallel goods.
Although Embiid has become a new generation of "MVP laughingstock", there is a saying that the whole league can now play everything, and the emperor's kung fu can not fall out of the top five.
With such thick thighs, you don't know when you will be favored by the basketball god and complete the achievement of the championship.
Of course, there is also an extreme situation that Harden also learns from Cousins' "Ambition Society" in 2018.
You all look down on me, so I'll let you play for nothing.
Just join a team that is most likely to win the championship, pinch your nose and accept a short-term contract with a low salary for one year, and rush for another championship.
30 million Dengge so many people scolded, 5 million Dengge pursues him can be lined up from Houston to Huangpu River!
Imagine if Harden really didn't accept the 76ers' "blackmail" and joined other championship teams:
(1) The Celtics, who originally lacked a playmaker, got Harden + Boshen in the offseason, and another version of "join if you can't beat".
(2) Lakers, two "James" combined, the most outstanding two ball-carrying cores to see if they can attract the same sex.
(3) Nuggets, Bruce Brown left, just the sixth man. We all know that the first major award Dengko won was Best Sixth Man in 2012.
(4) The Heat, they all say that they lack top talent, lack top firepower on the offensive end, is it enough to open a "league scoring champion" in the second decade of the 21st century?
(5) Bucks, when Brother Alphabet also exploded Brother Deng's head because of MVP, now they meet each other with a smile and a vendetta, and join hands to take revenge on the whole league, is it not a good story?
Winning the championship or earning money depends on Brother Deng's choice.