On Thursday, the Philadelphia 76ers saw their postseason run end, Eliminated in six games for the No. 1 seed Miami Heat in the Eastern Conference Semifinals.
After another premature exit from the playoffs, significant change seemed to be on the horizon for the 76ers. Nevertheless, at a press conference on Friday76ers president of basketball operations Daryl Morey revealed that two key pieces of the team, point guard James Harden and head coach Doc Rivers, will likely return for next season.
When asked about Harden’s status in the future, Morey said the team plans to bring back the 32-year-old point guard.and they will be negotiating with your representation to make this happen.
Harden’s contract has a player option for the next season it will pay him $47.3 million.
There has been speculation that the Sixers would offer Harden a maximum extension; Nevertheless, ESPN’s Brian Windhorst objected to the idea, saying, “no one in the NBA thinks the Sixers are going to give James Harden a max contract.”
On the subject of rivers, Moore said “yes” when asked if he could guarantee the veteran coach would be back with the team next season, adding later“I think he is a great coach and I love working with him.”
The 76ers went 51-31 under Rivers in his second season in charge of Philadelphia.
More than two seasons in Philadelphia, the Sixers have gone 100-54 in the regular season under Rivers. They have made the postseason every season but have failed to advance beyond the second round, going 13-11.