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Morning Sixers: June 28th, 2022

Kyrie Irving news, reporting that James Harden could opt-out and help the Sixers create space under the apron, and workout videos to believe in.

Continued updates on the PJ Tucker and James Harden front, this once again coming from Marc Stein.

The mystery stems from the form that new deal takes. I've been writing for days about the growing belief among rival teams that the Sixers will successfully lure P.J. Tucker away from Miami in free agency with a three-year deal in the $30 million range. One key option to note that Harden possesses is declining next season’s $47.4 million to ultimately sign a new three-year deal with the Sixers in free agency that starts at a lower number and helps create some extra flexibility immediately for Philadelphia to help facilitate the Tucker signing. Sources insisted again Sunday night that it would be very surprising at this point if the anticipated Harden/Tucker/Morey reunion in Philly collapses. – Marc Stein

Over the last couple of weeks, I have been including Harden's full $47.4 million 2022-23 option in all of my calculations, as virtually all of the reporting ( Woj | Fischer ) up to this point had stated that Harden will opt-in, then sign a short-term extension.

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