James Harden to Stay with 76ers, T-wolves Sign Austin Rivers

Posted by: Hilbert Mayer
James Harden to Stay with 76ers, T-wolves Sign Austin Rivers

Former NBA Most Valuable Player James Harden has decided to stay with the Philadelphia 76ers. This gives him another opportunity to team up with one of the best centers in the league today. Harden agreed to a two-year, USD68.6-million deal to remain with the 76ers. The transaction came less than a month after the 6-foot-5 cager declined his USD47.4-million player option. This was for the coming season to help the 76ers improve their roster.

James Harden will earn USD33 million in the 2022-23 season and a USD35.6-million player option for 2023-24. Before Harden agreed to the reworked deal, the Philadelphia upper management added veterans P.J. Tucker and Danuel House. Tucker and House were the guard’s former teammates in Houston.

Promising 2022-23 Campaign

Harden landed at Philadelphia from Brooklyn at the trade deadline in a blockbuster deal that sent Ben Simmons to the Nets. The 10-time All-Star normed 21 points, 10.5 assists, and 7.1 rebounds in 21 regular-season games with the 76ers, who made the second round of the Eastern Conference playoffs. Harden’s decision means he will reunite with center Joel Embiid, forward Tobias Harris, and coach Doc Rivers. The transaction places Philadelphia as one of the contenders in the Eastern Conference and possibly The Finals. The 76ers’ current roster gives NBA picks and parlays something to think about as it could make or break betting odds depending on their play in the coming season.

Austin Rivers Signs with T-wolves

The Minnesota Timberwolves bolstered their bench with the signing of guard Austin Rivers. Last season, the 6-foot-4 guard played 67 games with Denver and normed 6.0 points, 1.7 rebounds, and 1.3 assists. The 2017-18 season was Rivers’ best year in the league. He averaged 15.1 points, 2.4 rebounds, and 4.0 assists in 40 games.

Rivers played 10 seasons with six teams and appeared in 60 playoff games. The guard’s addition further strengthens the Timberwolves bench as they previously acquired Kyle Anderson and Bryn Forbes. Minnesota also has a tall frontline with Rudy Gobert teaming up with Karl-Anthony Towns, giving Anthony Edwards and D’Angelo Russell leeway to operate outside or pass it to their bigs.

Serge Ibaka Stays with Bucks

Veteran center Serge Ibaka has agreed to stay with the Milwaukee Bucks. The 32-year-old center boosts the Bucks’ frontcourt defense, providing help to center Brook Lopez. He also gives a veteran presence to the team as Ibaka played for playoff contenders Oklahoma City, Toronto, and Los Angeles Clippers before heading to Milwaukee. The three-time All-Defensive first-team selection led the league in total blocks for four straight seasons while playing for the Thunder. He led the NBA in blocks per game in 2011-12 and 2012-13.

His 1,752 career blocks rank him second among all active players, behind only Dwight Howard. Staying with the Bucks gives Ibaka a chance to contend again in the playoffs because Milwaukee is one of the top teams in the NBA. The Giannis Antetokounmpo-led squad will look for Ibaka’s defensive prowess and a veteran presence to keep their position in the Eastern Conference and boost their chances in the NBA Finals. The Bucks go for experience will place them as favorites for sports betting enthusiasts who prefer team defense as the top priority when placing their bets.