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76ers Rumors: Danuel House Agrees to 2-Year, $8.5M Contract After P.J. Tucker Deal

Tyler Conway@@jtylerconwayFeatured Columnist IVJune 30, 2022

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The Philadelphia 76ers and forward Danuel House Jr. reportedly agreed to a contract at the start of Thursday's free-agency period.

ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski reported the deal is for two years and $8.5 million, which uses the Sixers' biannual exception. The Sixers also inked P.J. Tucker to a three-year, $33 million contract with their mid-level exception.

The use of those exceptions hard-caps Philadelphia for the 2022-23 season, meaning the team cannot go above the luxury tax apron.

It's expected that James Harden will take a long-term deal below his max contract to allow the Sixers to sign Tucker and House while staying under the apron.

House played for the Houston Rockets, New York Knicks and Utah Jazz last season, finishing the year in Utah. He averaged 5.9 points and 2.4 rebounds on 40.4 percent shooting over his three stops.

The Sixers have increasingly become the Cheesesteak Rockets, with president of basketball operations Daryl Morey bringing more and more players over from his time in Houston. House, Tucker and James Harden were all part of the Rockets during Morey's tenure; De'Anthony Melton was originally drafted by Houston in 2018.

House and Tucker both bring a level of ruggedness on the defensive end on the perimeter, along with being solid spot-up shooters. Their relationship and comfort playing with Harden were also likely paramount to them being targeted by Morey, especially given the 2018 NBA MVP's struggles during the 2022 postseason.

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