The Houston Rockets made James Harden’s record contract extension official today.
The four-year, $228 million deal begins in 2019-2020, and is the biggest extension in NBA history.
James Harden turns 28 next month, and he will only be 34 when it expires, placing him maybe just outside his prime years.
However, he has no plans to entertain free agency after this massive deal ends.
At today’s press conference, he said that Houston is home, and he will be a Rocket “forever.” From ESPN:
“I know where home is,” said Harden, an All-Star all five of his seasons in Houston. “I know where I want to be. 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 that’s the reason I’m here forever.”
Harden repeatedly cited the importance of winning a championship, but it doesn’t sound like he’ll be chasing one elsewhere after 2023. Of course, those things can always change, but this has to be a pretty heartening thing to hear for Rockets fans.