Sources: Rockets, James Harden determine to $228M supermax extension

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James Harden and a Houston Rockets have concluded to a four-year extension, a group announced Saturday. The agreement is a supermaximum prolongation that will pledge him $228 million by a 2022-23 season, joining sources told ESPN.

Harden, a runner-up for a NBA’s MVP this season, has dual years and $59 million left on his stream contract. The four-year prolongation carries a value of $170 million and is a richest prolongation in a NBA history.

The Rockets have fast-tracked a Harden prolongation with a attainment of All-Star ensure Chris Paul, and are branch full courtesy to completing a understanding with a New York Knicks to acquire eight-time All-Star brazen Carmelo Anthony in a trade, joining sources said.

With a megadeal, Harden is holding advantage of code new CBA manners that capacitate agreement extensions for superstars. He became authorised to supplement 4 years to his understanding after creation a All-NBA group in May and a Rockets became focused on locking him into an prolongation after their deteriorate ended.

“Houston is home for me,” Harden pronounced in a matter expelled by a Rockets. “[Owner Leslie Alexander] has shown he is entirely committed to winning and my teammates and we are going to keep putting in a work to get improved and contest for a title.”

Part of a representation was a Rockets’ activity this offseason, as they’ve been one of a many assertive teams in a summer during adding talent and convincing Harden to give a classification a long-term commitment. Harden and a front bureau worked in tandem to partisan Paul in June, with Harden spending time with a star indicate ensure and convincing him they could be successful on a building together.

Harden sealed a sale after Paul had a assembly with a LA Clippers dual weeks ago and Paul sensitive a group he wanted to play for a Rockets. The Clippers and Rockets executed a trade for Paul a subsequent day.

The Rockets followed that adult with a array of trades that have authorised them to re-enter a transaction market. The Rockets have been in talks with a Knicks about Anthony, who has sensitive a Knicks he would relinquish his no-trade proviso if a understanding could be worked out with Houston, joining sources told ESPN.

The group also landed defensive dilettante PJ Tucker on a four-year, $32 million deal. Paul helped partisan Tucker to Houston as they dual have been friends given their AAU days flourishing adult in North Carolina.

Harden is entrance off a career-best deteriorate in that he averaged 29.1 points, a league-best 11.2 assists and 8.1 rebounds per game. He finished as a runner-up to Russell Westbrook in a Most Valuable Player voting.


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