Was everything not above board in the landmark deal between James Harden and the Philadelphia 76ers? The NBA is launching an investigation.

An NBA superstar, like Dirk Nowitzki once did, gives up big money to give his team more freedom to assemble a top squad.

James Harden’s landmark deal with the Philadelphia 76ers brought the 32-year-old much applause – but now the league is said to have launched an investigation into the agreement.

The reason: there are suspicions that not everything was above board in the initiation process.
James Harden’s Deal with 76ers Makes NBA Suspicious

As the well-known NBA reporter Adrian Wojnarowski reports for ESPN, the NBA has launched an investigation into whether rule violations were committed in the free agent deals with Harden, P.J. Tucker and Dannel House.

Harden – traded to Philly from the Brooklyn Nets in a mega-trade in February – had let a “player option” lapse there to extend his contract for the 2022-23 season, which would have paid him $47.4 million in annual salary. Instead, he agreed to a less lucrative two-year contract for a total of 68 million.