The Rocket have signed Harden to the richest contract extension in NBA history, a deal that will pay the star guard $228 m through the 2022 -2 3 season
The Beard has the richest contract in NBA history.
The Houston Rockets signed guard James Harden to a four-year contract extension for about $160 m on Saturday, giving him a total six-year is being dealt with $228 m guarantee. With Harden under contract on his existing deal for a further two seasons, the extension will not affect Houstons aggressive quest of free agent the summer months as the Rocket to continue efforts to make a run at the Golden State Warriors.
Since he arrived in Houston, James has exhibited the unbelievable run ethic, desire to win, and passion to be the best that has stimulated him one of the most unique and talented superstars in the history of the game, Rockets owner Leslie Alexander said in a statement issued by the team. Additionally, the commitment he has shown to our organisation, the towns of Houston, and Rockets fans all over the world makes him a perfect leader in our quest of another championship.
Harden is coming off of his finest season. Moving to point guard for new coach-and-four Mike DAntoni, Harden averaged 29.1 phases, an NB-Aleading 11.2 assistances and 8.1 rebounds and finished second in the MVP race to former Oklahoma City teammate Russell Westbrook.
Hardens do-it-all season helped the Rocket bounce back from a massively disappointing 2015 -1 6 season that collapsed under the weight of chemistry issues with the All-Star guard and big man Dwight Howard. With Howard run, the Rockets set Harden at the center of everything they do on offense, and it paid off in a major way.
Houston ran 55 -2 7 in the regular season and beat Westbrook and the Thunder in the first round of the Western Conference semifinals.
Houston is home for me, Harden told. Mr. Alexander has shown he is fully committed to win and my teammates and I are going to keep putting in the work to get better and compete for the title.
ESPN first reported the contract details.
Harden seemed to run out of gas a bit in their semifinals loss to the San Antonio Spurs, and GM Daryl Morey has worked quickly to get him some help this summer.
Morey traded for All-Star point guard Chris Paul, a bold move that dedicates the Rocket as talented a backcourt as any team in the league. Morey also signed rugged forward PJ Tucker to boost the defense and brought Nene back as well.
And hes not done yet.
This mechanics for this extension are new to the NBA in the most recent version of the collective bargaining agreement. Harden was named first team All-NBA, inducing him eligible for a lucrative, four-year supermax extension that devotes him long-term security and also sends a message to the rest of the league that the Rocket are committed to stability as they try to challenge the Warriors in the West.
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