C.J. McCollum gives thoughts on James Harden’s new Sixers contract

With a free hand in the NBA right around the corner, it's time for the Philadelphia 76ers to figure out how they're going to take care of James Harden while also putting the right pieces around him and Joel Embiid.
It appears the Sixers will offer Harden a two-year contract extension after he exercised his player option for the 2022-23 season. That will keep Harden in Philadelphia for at least three more seasons, but how much money will he make?
The prevailing idea is that the Sixers will give him about $150.8 million over the three years, but New Orleans Pelicans guard C.J. McCollum, joined ESPN's "NBA Today" and said he believes Harden should put some money on the table to improve the team:
A very interesting point. We have a player here and we are talking about taking less money. You know, my motto is never take less from a billionaire, but I think in this situation, he'll consider doing whatever it takes to complete this team. Understand that he forced his way out of Brooklyn. He thought it would be better if Philly played alongside Embiid, who arguably could have won MVP this season. So I think when I look at the squad structure, where he is in his career, how he's playing now, he's more of a mediator, gets on track, likes to create for others. He will definitely want to have some players around to complement his strength, which is being more on the ball.
That might be the wise move at this point in Harden's career. The Star Guard isn't the same player he used to be, although he's still an All-Star, and the Sixers should focus on taking care of him while throwing in some good plays to help both him and Embiid to win a title the 2022/23 season.
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