The NBA on Friday opened an investigation into possible irregularities in negotiations that led to James Harden’s contract renewal with the Philadelphia 76ers, after the point guard voluntarily gave up a $47.4 million player option and renewed weeks later. , for about 33 million.
The NBA intends to clarify whether there was a verbal agreement between the two parties that guaranteed Harden to have a new contract offer despite his previous resignation of the player option, something that is prohibited by the US league code, according to the network. ‘ESPN’.
Harden gave up nearly $14 million to allow the 76ers more money to sign PJ Tucker and Danuel House in an effort to build a more competitive team in the title hunt.
The 76ers president of operations, Daryl Morey, has already received questions about what happened from NBA lawyers, according to the aforementioned source.
The American league also plans to speak with members of the team.
Arrived at the 76ers on February 10, in a deal that brought Ben Simmons to the Brooklyn Nets, Harden averaged 22 points, 7.7 rebounds and 10.3 assists per game under Doc Rivers.
The 76ers fell in the semifinals of the Eastern Conference of the ‘playoffs’ against the Miami Heat.