James Harden Signs Massive Four-Year, $228M Contract Extension With Houston Rockets

Laura Christensen
July 10, 2017

The Houston Rockets announced today that they signed guard James Harden to a huge extension.

The Houston Rockets made a big splash in the National Basketball Association offseason on Saturday on someone who isn't even a free agent. "Mr. Alexander has shown he is fully committed to winning", Harden said.

The 56.2 points the Rockets averaged per game off guard James Harden's scoring and assists were the second most in National Basketball Association history.

Anthony, 33, posted 22.4 points, 5.9 rebounds and 2.9 assists last season. 2019 will take effect with the new contract, according to which an American for four years, will strengthen its financial position 170 million in USA currency. This guarantees him $228 million throughout the next six years, giving him approximately $46.8 million in the 2022-23 season. Houston was in the midst of a major transition, hiring new coach Mike D'Antoni, handing out big contracts to Eric Gordon and Ryan Anderson, and seeking to establish a new style that further emphasized Harden's unique combination of scoring and playmaking.

Right before free agency started, the Rockets pulled off a trade for nine-time all-star Chris Paul and the team is hoping that they'll eventually be able to work out a deal to keep him and Harden together for the foreseeable future.

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On defense, however, starting Anthony over Trevor Ariza will likely hurt a team that already allowed the fifth most points per game last season.

Harden, 27, is coming off his finest season.

During the 2016-17 National Basketball Association season, Harden recorded 2,356 points, 907 assists, and 659 rebounds. The only question was whether Harden would sign now or wait another year, when he could add five years and a projected $219 million to his current contract as long as he made an All-NBA team next year. Not that that will matter much when they also scored 115.3 points per contest, a mark that trailed only the Golden State Warriors, and that was without Anthony and Paul.

ESPN is reporting that the Houston Rockets now have their "full attention" on landing the All-Star forward.

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