Life of The Beard: James Harden Flies to Turks And Caicos with YouTube Vixen And Side Pieces While The Sixers Put A Deal Together To Keep Him

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Philadelphia 76ers guard James Harden is having the time of his life while waiting for that new deal to come through. The Beard was reportedly spotted in Turks and Caicos with his new boo, a YouTuber naned Briana, and his team of side pieces, according to BlackSportsOnline.

Wait, what?

If you are looking for a guy who knows how to party hard when not balling out in arenas around the country, look no further than Harden. The far from follicly challenged man has always been fodder for the rumor mill with his notorious partying and sighting with the glitterati of rap music.

Now he has taken his unique social talents to the beaches of the Caribbean with an entourage of beautiful women that mere mortals can only imagine.

But that’s just the life of The Beard.

Harden knows that he altered the temperature in the City of Brotherly Love. The team was coming fresh off its toxic relationship with former guard Ben Simmons when Harden brought renewed energy. The trade that felled the Kevin Durant, Kyrie Irving and James Harden triumvirate of the Brooklyn Nets enriched a besieged Sixers who needed to make their franchise player Joel Embiid happy again.

Now the teams focus on improving their roster depth around Harden and Embiid to have a complete team. Harden even provided the assist when he opted out of his player option for the 2022-23 season. The move gave the Sixers the flexibility to sign P.J. Tucker to a three-year, $33.2 million fully guaranteed contract. Also, Danuel House Jr. agreed to terms on a two-year, $8.5 million contract with the organization.

The Sixers are focused on signing Harden to a deal. They know how to court a guy with Fanatics CEO and minority Sixers owner Michael Rubin hosting a lavish Fourth of July White party in The Hamptons over the weekend. From JAY-Z and Beyoncè to Meek Mill, Drake and Travis Scott, The Beard was in good company as no stops were being pulled to keep him in cheesesteak land.

“James Harden has essentially sat down with Sixers leadership and talked about a way to to improve their roster,” according to ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski. “You’ve seen the commitments they’ve had from P.J. Tucker, from Danuel House, and to be able to go out and get, you know, some ancillary pieces here in free agency that James Harden needed essentially to opt out of his contract and now do a new deal that allows them financial flexibility in Philly for he and Joel Embiid to essentially improve that supporting cast, but you can expect Harden and his representative and Daryl Morey and Philly to really sit down and hammer that deal out here. Perhaps as soon as the next 24 hours,” Woj said on Tuesday.

Many speculate that Harden will probably take a three-year deal for less money after declining his $47.3 million player option. That is based on the contractual moves made during free agency, suggesting that he is taking the team player approach to a career in Philadelphia.

In the interim, while Harden is willing to take less money, he is enjoying the old money in Turks and Caicos as only The Beard can.

Rhett Butler is a Boxing Writer Association of America Journalist, Play-By-Play Commentator, Combat Sports Insider, and Former Mixed Martial Arts and Boxing Promoter. The New York City native honed his skills at various news outlets including but not limited to: TIME Magazine, Money Magazine, CNN's Wolf Blitzer Reports, and more. Rhett hosts the PRITTY Left Hook podcast, a polarizing combat sports insider's take featuring the world's biggest names.