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Morning Sixers: June 29th, 2022

Reports continue to emerge that P.J. Tucker will sign a 3-year, $30 million contract with the Sixers, and Shake Milton has reportedly had his $2 million option picked up by the Sixers.

Keith Pompey reiterated once again that the expectation is the Sixers will sign P.J. Tucker to a three-year, $30 million deal.

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The veteran power forward is likely to reunite with former Rockets teammate James Harden. Multiple league sources say Tucker will sign a three-year, $30 million deal in Philly.

Key details:

  • Keith reports that Tucker will choose the  Sixers' three-year, $30 million offer over offers from the Heat and Bucks.
  • The contract, per Pompey, has $27 million of the $30 million in guaranteed money.
  • Keith also reports that Harden will opt into his player option for 2022-23 ($47.4 million), then sign a two-year extension (for less than the max) after that.

Related to this: Ira Winderman, Miami Heat reporter for the South Florida Sun-Sentinel, reports that the Heat have been unwilling to use the non-taxpayer mid-level on Tucker, for the reason we've been discussing here for weeks: they don't want to trigger the hard cap. Instead, Miami has been offering a contract based around Tucker's non-Bird rights, which can see a starting salary at up to 120% of his previous year's salary (which comes out to $8.4 million), and maxes out at three-years, $27 million.

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