Atlantic Notes: Harden, T. Young, Celtics, Joe

One of this summer’s best free agents, Star Guard James HardenHe still doesn’t have a new deal, but ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski said during an appearance at the SportsCenter on Tuesday (video link) that Harden and the sixes are likely to agree to the terms sooner rather than later. The two sides reportedly met in the Hamptons over the weekend and will resume negotiations earlier this week.

“These (talks) are expected to be taped today, tomorrow.” said Wojnarowski. “You can expect Harden and his agent and (president of basketball operations) Daryl Morey in Philly to really sit down and hammer the deal here, maybe in the next 24 hours.

Harden declined a $47m player option for 2022-23 and is expected to move to a longer-term contract with a lower starting salary to allow the Sixers to maximize their cap flexibility this season.

Here’s more from the Atlantic:

  • Squidward Young‘s new two-year contract extension with the birds of prey has a base value of $8 million per season, with $150,000 in annual probable bonuses and another $350,000 in annual unlikely bonuses, Hoops Rumors has learned. The first year is fully guaranteed, while Young’s salary is partially guaranteed at $1 million in 2023/24 – he would receive his full 23/24 guarantee if he remains under contract through June 30, 2023.
  • NBC Sports Boston’s Chris Forsberg reviews the remaining decisions on the Celts‘ Off-season to-do list, including whether the £17m+ trade exception
  • sixes shooting guard Isaiah Joewhose 2022-23 minimum salary isn’t guaranteed will try to show his game can be translated to NBA levels this week during the Salt Lake City Summer League, writes The Philadelphia Inquirer’s Keith Pompey. “What I really want to build is consistency, especially for a competitive team.” said Joe. “They don’t have time for fickle players. So they’re really looking for consistency in me, just like they’re looking for consistency in me Joel Embid and James.”

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