James Harden receives NBA’s largest contract extension

The Houston Rockets confirmed that they have signed guard James Harden to a max, long-term contract. The deal is reportedly expected to be $228 million, through the 2022-2023 season. The four-year deal tops the most an NBA player has received in history.

“Houston is home for me,” Harden said in a statement released by the Rockets. “[Owner Leslie Alexander] has shown he is fully committed to winning and my teammates and I are going to keep putting in the work to get better and compete for the title.”

Due to the new CBA rules, because Harden made the All-NBA team he became eligible for a four-year extension. The luxury teams have with their star players is the ability to pay them more. The Rockets recently traded for Chris Paul to add another All-Star next to Harden and compete for a championship in a strong Western Conference.

Harden is coming off a career year as he averaged 29.1 points, a league-best 11.2 assists and 8.1 rebounds per game. He also finished as a runner-up to Russell Westbrook for the MVP Award this past season.

Source: Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN