Houston Rockets to Offer James Harden Max Contract Extension

May 11, 2017; Houston, TX, USA; Houston Rockets guard James Harden (13) warms up prior to game six of the second round of the 2017 NBA Playoffs against the San Antonio Spurs at Toyota Center. Mandatory Credit: Troy Taormina-USA TODAY Sports
May 11, 2017; Houston, TX, USA; Houston Rockets guard James Harden (13) warms up prior to game six of the second round of the 2017 NBA Playoffs against the San Antonio Spurs at Toyota Center. Mandatory Credit: Troy Taormina-USA TODAY Sports
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The Rockets want to keep the Beard around for awhile.

Last offseason, the Houston Rockets extended the contract of James Harden through 2019-2020 with a player option for the last year. That worked out pretty well for the team as he went on to have a historic season. This summer, the Rockets are looking to do the same. Since Harden made the All-NBA First Team, he is eligible for the new “super-max” deal. With this new extension, James can make $168 million plus the rest that he was supposed to make over the next two seasons, $58.7 million. That is a large amount of money for the bearded wonder. Check out Jonathan Feigen’s full article on the matter:

Rockets "plan" to offer James Harden another contract extension, per source https://t.co/PmW6UCF7K8 via @houstonchron

— Jonathan Feigen (@Jonathan_Feigen) June 20, 2017

Why this extension should happen

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It would be best, obviously, if the Rockets could keep James Harden in Houston. This contract extension would do just that. It shows that the Rockets trust in Harden enough to extend him an extra 4 seasons. The extension also shows that the team is willing to break the bank for their superstar. Other star players in free agency could see that and want to come to Houston. The James Harden extension will help the team lure in some more big name free agents to come play for the Rockets. For that reason and more, Houston should definitely offer James Harden that extension this offseason.

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