Morey: Rivers will stay, team plans to have Harden

Philadelphia 76ers president Daryl Morey confirmed Friday that Doc Rivers will remain in place as the team’s coach next year. Philadelphia was bounced from the second round of the 2022 playoffs Thursday night with a Game 6 loss to the Miami Heat.

Rivers, 60, joined Philadelphia in 2020. Rivers previously coached the Celtics from 2004-13, leading Boston to an NBA championship in 2008. He also coached the Orlando Magic from 1999-2004 and the Los Angeles Clippers from 2013-20.

In April, he became the fifth NBA coach to earn 100 postseason wins with Philadelphia’s Game 2 win over the Raptors in the first round.

“I don’t worry about my job,” Rivers said Thursday. “I think I do a terrific job and if you don’t then you should write it. I work my butt off to get this team here.”

Morey also addressed if the team expected James Harden to be back next season, saying, “The plan is to have him back. That’s been the plan since the trade. Obviously, we have to work with his representation, and that’ll be between us to figure out how that works.”

Harden has a $47.4 million player option on his contract and the Sixers could potentially offer him an even more lucrative extension.

The guard had a rough outing in the 76ers’ elimination game Thursday. He went scoreless in the second half on just two shots and finished with 11 points on 4-of-9 shooting.

“Since we got him, everybody expected the Houston James Harden,” Embiid said Thursday. “But that’s not who he is anymore. He’s more of a playmaker.”

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