The Houston Rockets have been one of the NBA offseason’s most active teams, and it hasn’t come cheap. This weekend, they signed star James Harden to the largest contract extension in league history.
The four-year extension is worth $170 million. Add that to the $58 million the Beard is already owed over the next two season, and he’ll earn $228 million through the 2022-23 season.
Harden, 27, became eligible for the CBA’s newly negotiated Designated Player Veteran Extension when he made the All-NBA team for 2016-17, allowing him to sign the rich “supermax” contract. He finished second in MVP voting in 2016-17.
“Houston is home for me,” Harden said in a statement. “[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.”
This summer, Houston traded for All-Star point guard Chris Paul and signed ace defensive stopper P.J. Tucker to a four-year, $32 million deal. They’re currently working to land New York Knicks star Carmelo Anthony in a trade, according to ESPN.