Harden signs 4-year, $118 million extension with Rockets


Harden signs 4-year, $118 million extension with Rockets

One of the biggest names in this year's free agency class wasn't even a guy that was on the market.

Houston agreed to a four-year, $118 million contract extension with superstar scorer James Harden on Saturday, ensuring the 2015 MVP runner-up will remain a Rocket at least through the 2019-2020 season.

Harden has been an All-Star in each of the four seasons he has played for Houston.

"So he'll be around here for a while", Owner Les Alexander said when sharing the team resigned its best player, "I don't think people appreciate how great he is, but we certainly do".

"I'm happy to be here for four more years", Harden told reporters.

Under the deal his annual salary will go from $16 million to $26.5 million under the new salary cap next season, and increase incrementally over the remainder of the contract.

The Rockets made it a point to build around Harden this offseason. For Harden, it's more money now if slightly less in the future.

"There's no indecision", Harden said at the news conference. James Harden is probably Daryl Morey's crowning achievement as the general manager of the Rockets, and his tenure is probably tied to the success of the team with James Harden.

Re-signing Harden doesn't change much on the outside, he's still going to score, he's still going to get others shots.

Harden and Durant were teammates in Oklahoma City from 2009 to 2012.

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