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James Harden agrees to NBA-record $228m contract extension with the Houston Rockets

RECORD DEAL: James Harden

THE HOUSTON Rockets have signed guard James Harden to a four-year contract extension for about $160m yesterday, giving him a total six-year deal with $228m guaranteed.

The 27-year-old, a five-time All-Star guard and the 2017 MVP runner-up, is now under contract in Houston through 2022-23, his age-33 season, and will make more than $228 million over the next six years, a NBA record.

“Houston is home for me,” James said in a prepared statement. “[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.”

“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,” Rockets owner Leslie Alexander said in a statement issued by the team. “Additionally, the commitment he has shown to our organization, the city of Houston, and Rockets fans all over the world makes him a perfect leader in our pursuit of another championship.”

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