James Harden against Toronto in the 2022 NBA playoffs.

The Philadelphia 76ers looked like one of the best teams in the NBA on paper after trading for star guard James Harden, but they ultimately fell short in the second round of the NBA Playoffs, losing to the Miami Heat in six games.

Harden had an up and down postseason, averaging 18.6 points per game with 8.6 assists against the Heat.

The ten-time All-Star will be a free agent this offseason, and there have been questions on whether or not Harden will remain with the 76ers after only half of the season on the roster.

Reports that have emerged on Thursday suggest that Harden may be staying with the 76ers for at least the near future.

According to Bleacher Report’s Jake Fischer, Harden is expected to re-sign with Philadelphia on a “shorter-term” deal at the start of NBA free agency.

It may be smart for the 76ers to keep his deal on a short-term basis to see if the chemistry works between himself and star center Joel Embiid moving forward.

This report on Harden has the NBA world talking, with many mixed emotions regarding the move. Some believe that Harden can still be a valuable asset on a contending team, and believe that bringing him back on a short-term basis is a good move by Philadelphia.

However, others are a bit concerned that Harden’s best days may be behind him, and that the 76ers may be better off without him.

With Harden and Embiid at the helm, the Sixers should remain one of the top teams in the Eastern Conference next season. That being said, losing in the first round of the playoffs with as much talent as they have can only be seen as the team underperforming.

[Bleacher Report]

About Reice Shipley

Reice Shipley is a staff writer for Comeback Media that graduated from Ithaca College with a degree in Sports Media. He previously worked at Barrett Sports Media and is a fan of all things Syracuse sports.