James Harden's extension with Rockets is worth it for both parties

Houston Rockets guard James Harden before a second-round NBA playoff series basketball game against the San Antonio Spurs, Monday

Harden has earned his huge deal - he averaged 29.1 points, 11.2 assists and 8.1 rebounds per game while helping the Rockets secure the third seed in the National Basketball Association playoffs last season, ultimately coming second to Russell Westbrook in the MVP voting.

ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski and Brian Windhorst reported on Saturday that James Harden signed a contract extension with the Houston Rockets.

Last week Golden State Warriors point guard Stephen Curry signed a $201m (£154m) deal, according to his agent.

According to Houston Rockets Twitter account, James Harden and his team have come to terms on a contract extension.

"Houston is home for me", Harden said in a statement released by the Rockets, per ESPN.

If that good health continues, Harden should be in position to provide star-level contributions for the entirety of this deal. The Houston Rockers superstar just signed the biggest National Basketball Association contract extension, ever.

Now with Harden under contract for five more seasons, the team is continuing to build around him. "It's my pleasure to announce we've reached an agreement with James Harden on a long-term contract extension".

Harden; whose team managed the league's third best win-loss record in 2016-2017, became the first player in the competition's history to record at least 2,000 points, 900 assists and 600 rebounds this season. "Additionally, the commitment he has shown to our organization, the City of Houston, and Rockets fans all over the world makes him a flawless leader in our pursuit of another championship".

Harden, 27, is coming off his finest season.

However, now that they have Harden locked up and they have guard Chris Paul, who they got in trade earlier in the off-season, the Rockets are now turning their attention to NY. Morey also signed rugged forward P.J. Tucker to boost the defense and brought Nene back as well. An extension would kick in for 2019-20, and the exact amount of a max extension won't be known until that season's cap is determined.

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