James Harden Inks Richest Extension in NBA History

Steph Curry made headlines last week after he inked a whopping five-year $201 million extension with the Golden State Warriors. When news broke on Curry’s “supermax contract,” he was dubbed the richest in league history – but Steph Curry better move over because James Harden just signed an extension that earned him some serious cash.

According to ESPN, Harden and the Houston Rockets have agreed to a four-year extension that will guarantee him $228 million through the 2022-23 season. The extension comes after the arrival of Chris Paul and The Rockets setting on wrapping up a deal with New York Knicks All-Star forward Carmelo Anthony in a trade.

The deal allows Harden to take advantage of new CBA rules that permit contract extensions for superstar players. After making the All-NBA team in May, Harden became eligible to add four years to his deal.

“Houston is home for me,” Harden said in a statement released by The Rockets. “[Owner Leslie Alexander] has shown he is fully committed to winning, and my teammates and I are going to keep putting in the work to get better and compete for the title.”

The Rockets shooting guard is coming off a career-best season – averaging 29.1 points, a league-best 11.2 assist and 8.1 rebounds per game – ESPN reports. Although his salary under the extension can change due to the salary cap, it is reported that Harden is expected to earn $37.8 million during the 2019-20 season. His annual salary increases each year to $40.8 million, $43.8 million, and tops off at $46.8 million in the 2022-23 season.

Many people, including Chris Paul, took to social media to share their reactions about the huge deal. Be sure to check them out below!

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