Harden opted in to next year when he was traded to Philly. I think you let it play out and revisit at the end of next year. Harden looks like he's starting to slip physically, don't wanna be paying 50-60 mil to him in 4-5 years
People wanted him to stay in Brooklyn and they would have had to give him the exact same contract, so keep the same consistency now that Philly has to do it. Don't switch it up and change the narrative now that he's traded.