The Philadelphia 76ers swung for the fences on Thursday when they made the big move to bring in James Harden from the Brooklyn Nets in exchange for Ben Simmons.
Per Kyle Neubeck of The Philly Voice, Harden has not picked up that option, which could make him an unrestricted free agent in the 2022 offseason.
Essentially – Harden would have had to opt into next year prior to deal being completed, did not do so. He now would have to wait until end of year to opt in, or could simply opt out and sign new long term deal
– Kyle Neubeck February 11, 2022
Philadelphia is a situation where Harden longed to be.