NBA Clippers signs 2-year, $70 million contract with Harden

James Harden, who expressed satisfaction with life in LA, remains with the Clippers.
Local media ‘ESPN’ reported on July 1, 2024, “The LA Clippers have agreed to a two-year, $70 million (approximately KRW 96.6 billion) contract with Harden.”

The Clippers’ key players have consecutively qualified as free agents.
Along with Harden, Paul George also used the player option and declared free agency in lieu of the $48.78 million (approximately KRW 67.3 billion) guaranteed for the 2024-2025 season.

Multiple teams, including the Philadelphia 76ers and Orlando Magic, also expressed interest in George.
Although the possibility of George leaving increased, negotiations with Harden were easy.

‘ESPN’ said, “The Clippers did not waste time negotiating with George, whose contract is uncertain.
“We focused on negotiations with Harden and concluded the contract relatively quickly,” the report said.

Harden left Philadelphia in a big deal in October of last year and joined the Clippers.
Unsealed, Harden showed off his health with 16.6 points, 2.6 3-pointers, 5.1 rebounds, 8.5 assists, and 1.1 steals in 34.3 minutes on average in 72 games.

The 72 games were the most games played by Harden since the 2018-2019 season (78 games) when he was a member of the Houston Rockets.
The Clippers, who had only 3 wins and 7 losses in 10 games since the start of the season, showed an upward trend after recruiting Harden, and ranked 4th in the Western Conference with 51 wins and 31 losses.

President Lawrence Frank said, “We felt that we had brought in a great player in just five games after signing Harden.
He had a great season. “His self-management was also consistent, such as going to work and completing his training even in the off-season,” he said.

Harden’s hometown is LA.
He expressed satisfaction with his life in Los Angeles after joining the Clippers.

However, a recent local report said, “LeBron James wants to recruit veterans like Harden and Klay Thompson,” which became a hot topic.
LeBron James remained with the LA Lakers, and the possibility of a transfer to the Lakers, which are based in the same region, was also a topic of interest, but Harden’s choice was the Clippers.

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