James Harden rejected a contract extension from Houston. One that would have made him the first $50 million per year player in league history.
The eight-time All-Star wants out of Houston and apparently, no amount of money will change that wish. Harden has made it clear that he wants to be traded, and the Brooklyn Nets are his top choice.
In Brooklyn, Harden would reunite with his former Oklahoma City teammate and 2014 MVP Kevin Durant, as well as six-time All-Star Kyrie Irving. The trio would almost certainly make Brooklyn the favorites to win the Eastern Conference.
Harden’s backcourt mate, Russell Westbrook, has also reportedly asked to be traded, too. Both Harden and Westbrook don’t believe in the Rocket’s ability to win a championship in Houston, especially with head coach Mike D’Antoni and GM Daryl Morey no longer in the picture.
Harden has three years and $133 million remaining on his current deal but has the ability to opt-out of his contract following the 2021-22 season.