James Harden wants to retire as a Rocket
"I know where I want to be," He said. "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 thats the reason Im here forever." After adding on four years to his deal worth $228 million, he will be under contract through the 2022-23 season and won't be a free agent until he's 33. Harden will spend more time off the ball with Chris Paul in town, but coach Mike D'Antoni hinted that he will stagger them as much as possible -- expect at least one of them to be on the floor at all times in close games. His value might take a small hit, but he's still a no-brainer pick in the first round.
Harden gets extension through 2022-23 season
The deal will reportedly go for $228 million under the NBA's new Designated Player Exception. Harden has two more years at $59 million, then he'll waive his player option and have the extension kick in. "Houston is home for me. Mr. Alexander has shown he is fully committed to winning," Harden said. While there are other factors, it's still hard to believe the Rockets added him for just Jeremy Lamb, Kevin Martin and draft picks.
Harden, Rockets progressing toward extension
Harden is getting a little over $91 million for the next three seasons with a player option on the third year. The NBA added a Designated Player Exception, which could lock up Harden beyond the 2021 season -- the Wizards are also trying to do this on John Wall. The Rockets have made it clear they're doing all they can to compete with a team that general manager Daryl Morey called "a juggernaut" this week, so Harden may have bought in for Houston.
James Harden back to SG w/ CP3 in Houston?
There's no surprise here, and D'Antoni also said that Harden will remain "on the point a lot." CP3 and Harden will likely be staggered in the rotation, keeping one of them on the court at all times, which was hinted at in D'Antoni's quotes. "The year before ... we moved [Harden] over to point guard, and now we're going [to] probably move him back [to shooting guard] for a large part of the game. He'll still be on the point a lot." The newly-minted Coach of the Year had one of the league's fastest and most-efficient offenses, prior to CP3's arrival, so this superstar backcourt shouldn't be an issue for fantasy owners.
Report: HOU will offer Harden an extension
Harden accepted an extension with the club last summer that put him under contract through 2019, although if he waits another year before committing to another extension with Houston, he would be able to sign a five-year deal somewhere in the ballpark of $217 million.
Moses Malone Jr. suing James Harden
According to a report from Fox 26 in Houston, Malone Jr. is alleging that Harden paid a group of people $20,000 in cash to attack and rob Malone at a club last year. Apparently, Malone claims Harden was offended by a Facebook post from Malone that criticized Harden. Harden's attorney denies all charges on behalf of his client.
Rockets may rest Harden during regular season
Harden played poorly and looked strangely lethargic in the Rockets 39-point home loss to the Spurs in Game 6. He scored just 10 points on 2-of-11 shooting and committed six turnovers. He was also held scoreless and turned the ball over three times in the overtime period of Game 5. D'Antoni acknowledged that fatigue may have played a factor. "Maybe he does need to take a game off here and there. 'Hey, you're nicked up a little bit, don't play,'" said D'Antoni.
James Harden scores 10 in ugly blowout loss
It was a really, really bad first half for Harden, who turned the ball over five times with just two makes from the field and didn't even attempt a field goal in the first half. With Harden's woeful time down the stretch in Game 5 coupled with this dud, one has to think if Harden was either hurting or maybe something wasn't right with him. The Rockets did have an unwritten agreement to play as much as they could during the season to develop their chemistry, and also going with a seven-man rotation in Game 5, so it's fair to say Harden just wore down. Plus, he was passing up open looks a ton during this game. All this said, Harden had an MVP-caliber season and will be in the mix for a top pick in fantasy next year.
James Harden triple-doubles in Game 5 loss
Despite the triple-double, Harden faded down the stretch and his potential game-tying 3-pointer was blocked by Manu Ginobili on Houston's final possession. Harden failed to score in overtime and was sloppy with the ball at times, finishing with nine turnovers. Fatigue was likely a factor, though it didn't help that Kawhi Leonard and Jonathon Simmons were all over him for most of the night. With the Rockets trailing 2-3, Harden will look to force a Game 7 with the series shifting back to Houston for Game 6 on Thursday.
James Harden posts 28/12/5 in Game 4 victory
Harden had a total of five assists in Game 3, a tally he matched in the first quarter tonight as the Rockets roared out to a 12-point lead. He banged knees with Patty Mills in the third quarter and was in obvious pain, grabbing the outside of his left knee, but it didn't cost him any time. He should be fine for Tuesday's critical Game 5 in San Antonio.