James Harden is now a very rich man.
The star guard who was recently traded from the Oklahoma City Thunder to the Houston Rockets was reportedly “devastated” following the news of the transaction but he now has eighty million reasons to be a smiling man.
Harden and the Rockets have agreed to a five-year max contract extension worth around $80 million. The news comes from NBA Insider Ken Berger of CBSSports.com.
League source confirms that the Rockets and James Harden have agreed to a five-year max extension for about $80 million.
— Ken Berger (@KBergCBS) October 31, 2012
Harden is going to be a perfect fit in Houston and should provide a solid backcourt duo with the Rockets big free agent acquisition Jeremy Lin.
He was traded to the Rockets in exchange for guards Kevin Martin and Jeremy Lamb, two first-round picks and a second-round pick. In addition to Harden, the Rockets received center Cole Aldrich and forwards Daequan Cook and Lazar Hayward. It was a great deal that makes both teams better moving forward.
Last season in Oklahoma City, Harden averaged 16.9 points, 3.7 assists and 4.1 rebounds per game — all were career highs. The 6-foot-5 guard and his glorious beard will be a welcomed addition to any team in the NBA and the Rockets got a steal.