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James Harden of the Houston Rockets signs the biggest contract in NBA history

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About a week ago, Stephen Curry of the Golden State Warriors signed the biggest contract in NBA history valued at about US$201 million. A few hours ago, Houston Rockets point guard, James Harden has broken Curry’s record by signing a five-year contract extension valued at US$228 million. Though not coming as a surprise, Harden put up stellar performances and had an impressive record last season averaging 29.1 points, 11.2 assists, and 8.1 rebounds per game.

His efforts led the Rockets to a 55 – 27 and picked up the third seed in the Western Conference, though the team lost in the second round of the playoffs to San Antonio Spurs. Harden, runner-up to Russell Westbrook for the NBA MVP this season two years and US$59 million left on his contract and is the richest contract extension in NBA history, eclipsing Stephen Curry’s by at least US$30 million. Harden took advantage of the brand new CBA rules that enable contracts for superstars.

Houston Rockets owner, Leslie Alexander in his speech today said, “It’s my pleasure to announce we’ve reached an agreement with James Harden on a long-term contract extension.  Since he arrived in Houston, James has exhibited the incredible work ethic, desire to win, and passion to be the best that has made him one of the most unique and talented superstars in the history of the game,” said Alexander.  “Additionally, the commitment he has shown to our organisation, the City of Houston, and Rockets fans all over the world makes him a perfect leader in our pursuit of another championship.  I’m very happy for James, his mother Monja, and their family on this exciting day.”

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