Rockets sign James Harden to NBA record $228M contract extension through 2022-23 – CBSSports.com

James Harden was absolutely spectacular last season for the Houston Rockets, averaging 29.1 points, 11.2 assists, and 8.1 rebounds per game.

His play helped the Rockets go 55-27 and secure the third seed in the Western Conference, though the team fell in the second round of the playoffs to the San Antonio Spurs

As a reward, the Rockets inked Harden to a four-year extension, which will begin after the 2018-19 season. Via Rockets.com:

Houston Rockets Owner Leslie Alexander announced today that the team has signed guard James Harden to a four-year contract extension which will run through the 2022-23 season.

“It’s my pleasure to announce we’ve reached agreement with James Harden on a long term contract extension.  Since he arrived in Houston, James has exhibited the incredible work ethic, desire to win, and passion to be the best that has made him one of the most unique and talented superstars in the history of the game,” said Alexander.  “Additionally, the commitment he has shown to our organization, the City of Houston, and Rockets fans all over the world makes him a perfect leader in our pursuit of another championship.  I’m very happy for James, his mother Monja, and their family on this exciting day.”

ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski reported that it will be worth $228M, making it the richest extension in NBA history.

Harden would be getting $228 million over the next six years, including the $58 million he is owed for the next two seasons. Stephen Curry recently received the biggest contract in NBA history — five years, $201 million — but this Harden extension would surpass Curry’s payout by nearly $30 million over the span of one more year.

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