Rockets' James Harden agrees to largest contract extension in National Basketball Association history

Monday, 10 Jul, 2017

Harden would be able to score even more than he did last season (29.1 points per game) as Paul could be relied upon to facilitate the offense with Anthony as a second scoring option. Harden has become the main guy in Houston, Paul has led the offense for the Los Angeles Clippers and New Orleans Hornets, and Anthony has dominated each team he's been on between the Knicks and the Denver Nuggets.

By contrast, Stephen Curry signed a $201 million contract this offseason - making him the NBA's first $200 million man. The deal will reportedly go for $228 million under the NBA's new Designated Player Exception. That contract will guarantee the All-Star guard $228 million in the next six seasons, making that the biggest contract extension signed in National Basketball Association history.

National Basketball Association star guard James Harden inked a huge deal Saturday with the Houston Rockets. ESPN reported that in addition to the two years and $59 million remaining on his current deal, Harden will get an additional four years and $170 million to complete the richest extension in National Basketball Association history.

With James Harden the center of all the Rockets' hopes and plans, they made sure that will not change any time in the foreseeable future. Harden's reign at the top could be short-lived if Westbrook signs his long-term deal this summer. He joined the Houston Rockets as a free agent in 2012 and became one of the best players in the National Basketball Association. Officials noted that the team has made the playoffs in all five of Harden's seasons in Houston.

With the megadeal, Harden is taking advantage of brand-new CBA rules that enable contract extensions for superstars.

Harden finished second in the NBA MVP voting last season and in 2014-15. The Beard was one of the best players in the National Basketball Association last season, making a legitimate run at the MVP award.

The Knicks' acquisition of Hardaway Jr., to the staggering deal is expected to trigger a renewed willingness to work with the Houston Rockets on trade scenarios to unload Carmelo Anthony, league sources told ESPN.