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James Harden agrees to 2-year deal with Clippers: reports

James Harden appeared to cement his future with the Los Angeles Clippers on Sunday as NBA free agency opened around the league.

Harden planned to sign a two-year, $70 million deal with the Clippers, ESPN reported. Sources told The Athletic the deal included a player option for the second year.

The superstar guard forced his way out of the Philadelphia 76ers before the start of the 2023-24 season and was traded to Los Angeles.

He played in 72 games with the Clippers, averaging 16.6 points, 8.5 assists and 5.1 rebounds per game. The Clippers were 51-31 on the year and finished fourth in the Western Conference. However, the Dallas Mavericks eliminated Los Angeles from the playoffs.

The idea for the Clippers was to have Harden team up with Paul George and Kawhi Leonard to create a new super team on the West Coast. But it didn’t quite go as planned.

James Harden and Miles Bridges

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Leonard averaged 23.7 points and 6.1 rebounds in 68 regular-season games. But he didn’t play in the playoffs. George played in 74 games in the regular season, averaging 22.6 points per game.

George could be on his way out of Los Angeles as well. He’s a free agent and could end up signing with the 76ers, Golden State Warriors or the Orlando Magic, according to the NBA rumor mill.

Clippers bench in the playoffs

Harden will be 35 years old when the 2024-25 season tips off.

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