May 29, 2012; San Antonio, TX, USA; Oklahoma City Thunder guard James Harden (13) reacts against the San Antonio Spurs during the first half in game two of the Western Conference finals of the 2012 NBA playoffs at the AT

Houston Rockets: James Harden Agrees To A 5-Year, $80 Million Deal

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Just hours before the first regular season game, the Houston Rockets did what the Oklahoma City Thunder couldn’t do. They signed James Harden to a max deal worth $80 million over five years.

Is Harden being overpaid? Absolutely, but is he worth this much to the Rockets? Of course, Houston is desperately trying to be championship contenders again. As young as Harden is he has NBA Finals experience along with a lot of room to improve. Harden has yet to reach the peak of his abilities. His potential and upside are through the roof.

The skeptical Rockets fans shouldn’t be too worried. Houston has loads of talent and still has enough space to add another max player to go along with Harden, Jeremy Lin and Omer Asik. But who knows, maybe Terrence Jones, Royce White or Donatas Motiejunas will become that future max player. If not the Rockets will fight hard to land one through trade or free agency.

Like it or no Daryl Morey is finally pulling off all the moves he wasn’t able to do for years. He’s slowly turning the Houston franchise into a fun place to play out your career. Trust me, future free agents and athletes who want out of their current situation are paying attention to the Rockets.

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