Keith Pompey- Sixers May Have No Choice But To Re-Sign Harden
The Sixers are in a very tough spot after the game 7 loss. James Harden has opted out. If they want to keep him, they will likley have to give him the 4-Year $200 million deal he wants. But that is tough to justify given his age and his poor performance in the playoffs. But if they let him walk, they are left with no cap space, and no PG. So what should the Sixers do? Keith Pompey from the Philly Inquirer joined The Best Show Ever today, and gave his thoughts.
“They are over the cap. Without James Harden, who is going to be your PG? I love Maxey, but being a ball distributor isn’t his game. He is more of a scorer. So I think James in a way, has them under barrel… That isn’t even Daryl Morey’s decision. If you are Morey, you want James to come back. You gave up draft picks. There were other trades you could have had that your turned down, because you wanted James. Now if James leaves, and you don’t have a PG, all of a sudden it is like wow look what Daryl did to this franchise.
Houston really wants him, and they have the cap space available. So you need to think long and hard. Is this team championship worthy or not next year without James Harden? And will I be able to live with him having a Tobias Harris contract? Its one of those things where you are damned if you do, and you are damned if you don’t right now with James Harden.”
Pretty much, either way the Sixers are in trouble. Their best option may be to work out some kind of sign and trade that brings back talent in his place. But could they make that happen in way that brings back another star PG to Philly? James Harden has them backed into a corner. Either give a guy a contract he doesn’t deserve, or compromise your roster by having no true PG.