James Harden, Rockets agree to reported record extension

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Harden would be able to score even more than he did last season (29.1 points per game) as Paul could be relied upon to facilitate the offense with Anthony as a second scoring option.

"Houston is home for me", said Harden. With a provision in the new collective bargaining agreement, Harden became eligible for the DPVE, worth for him an additional $169 million over four seasons.

Harden joined Golden State's Stephen Curry this summer as the only $200 million dollar men in the National Basketball Association.

According to Houston Rockets Twitter account, James Harden and his team have come to terms on a contract extension. Harden, 27, is now under contract in Houston through 2022-23, his age-33 season, and will make more than $228 million over the next six years.

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With James Harden now locked down for the foreseeable future and Chris Paul in the fold, the Houston Rockets have shifted focus toward adding Carmelo Anthony.

The Knicks and Rockets had been in talks stretching back several days, but reports indicated that they slowed down ahead of Harden's extension. The contract is a super maximum extension, the most money any player has ever received.

The Rockets have made the playoffs all five years with Harden on the team, with an impressive winning percentage of.612. "Additionally, the commitment he has shown to our organization, the City of Houston, and Rockets fans all over the world makes him a ideal leader in our pursuit of another championship". The Rockets finished the season as the NBA's biggest overachievers relative to preseason expectations, ranked second in offensive efficiency behind the Warriors, and set an National Basketball Association record for three-point attempts. The Houston Rockets are worth about $1.6 billion and they bring in hundreds of millions in annual revenue.

Harden is coming off of his finest season. The Beard was one of the best players in the National Basketball Association last season, making a legitimate run at the MVP award.


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