NBA Rumors: Former Star Thinks Harden Should Sign With Heat

Former NBA Star Thinks James Harden Should Sign With Heat

James Harden, Heat, NBA Rumors
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A former NBA star believes James Harden should leave the Philadelphia 76ers and sign with the Miami Heat this summer.

Three-time All-Star Gilbert Arenas argued why Harden should join the Heat.

Harden can become an unrestricted free agent this offseason if he declines his 2023-24 player option with the Sixers. The former MVP is expected to decline his option and test the open market.

One of the greatest players of all time, Harden averaged 21.0 points, 6.1 rebounds and 10.7 assists this season while shooting 44.1% from the field, 38.5% from beyond the arc and 86.7% from the free-throw line. The 10-time All-Star led the NBA in assists per game and helped the Sixers win 54 games.

However, Philly lost to the Boston Celtics in the Eastern Conference Semifinals in seven games.

NBA NEWS & TRADE RUMORS: James Harden, Philadelphia 76ers & Miami Heat Updates

Harden has a reputation for partying a lot, which is why some of the people on Arenas’ show don’t believe The Beard should live in Miami. It’s going to be very interesting to see what Harden does this offseason once free agency starts. The lefty has been heavily linked to going back to his old team, the Houston Rockets, with Keith Pompey of the Philadelphia Inquirer reporting that Harden is expected to sign with them.

“The belief among NBA executives is that James Harden will rejoin the Houston Rockets this summer,” Pompey wrote. “Rockets owner Tilman Fertitta ‘loves’ the 76ers point guard. The franchise expects to reunite with him, sources say. Before the Rockets hired Ime Udoka on April 25, head coaching candidates were asked for their opinion on coaching Harden during the interview process, according to sources.

“Sources have said his interest in returning to Houston is mutual and not a ploy to get a lucrative deal out of the Sixers. His mother still lives in the city. He has several business ventures there. And, as one source said, ‘he’s treated like a god in Houston.’”

NBA NEWS & TRADE RUMORS: James Harden, Philadelphia 76ers & Miami Heat Updates

Harden is one of the greatest players in Rockets franchise history. He’s first all-time in 3-point field goals, free throws, assists, triple-doubles, points per game, player efficiency rating, offensive win shares and box plus-minus.

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