James Harden‘s contract extension signaled a stable home as much as it did deeper pockets. When the Houston Rockets guard signed a four-year contract extension to keep him in the organization for the next six seasons, Harden earned $228 million across that window, as well as a permanent franchise.
“I know where home is,” Harden told ESPN. “I know where I want to be. I know where I want to retire ultimately and where I want to win a championship. Everything is going to happen here in Houston, and that’s the reason I’m here forever.”
The 27-year-old signal caller signed a four-year, $118.1 million contract extension in July 2016 following four seasons with the team. He spent the first two years of his career with the Oklahoma City Thunder alongside Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook when the trio was just getting started in the NBA.
The decision for GM Daryl Morey? Easy.
“We would do more if we could,” Morey said. “This is the most they allow us to do. You work your whole career if you’re myself to get a player of James’ caliber and now Chris [Paul’s] caliber. We’re excited. … We would have done longer and more money if we could.”
The Rockets had every right to lock up their point guard, who averaged a double-double this past season to the tune of 29.1 points and 11.2 assists per game. During the postseason, Harden averaged 28.5 and 8.5 through 11 games before the team was bounced out of the second round by the San Antonio Spurs.