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James Harden, Rockets agree on biggest contract extension in NBA history

Harden will make a total of $228 million through the 2022-23 season.

The Houston Rockets announced they have signed All-Star shooting guard James Harden to a four-year contract extension. It was the first-ever Designated Player Veteran Extension, according to ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski and Bobby Marks, which will pay him a total of $228 million through the 2022-23 season.

Both Harden and Rockets owner Leslie Alexander made brief statements about the most lucrative deal in league history.

Harden signed a four-year, $117 million extension with Houston last summer with an opt-out for the 2019-20 season. Using Wojnarowski’s $228 million salary figure, he would add an additional four seasons onto his deal for a total of $170 million.

The contract extension would be the most lucrative deal in NBA history, far surpassing both Mike Conley’s five-year, $153 million max deal last summer and Stephen Curry’s “supermax” $201 million contract this offseason.

Harden’s contract extension comes weeks after the Rockets traded the kitchen sink to the Los Angeles Clippers in exchange for all-world point guard Chris Paul. It ensures the Rockets will have a superstar guard for the foreseeable future, one other stars may want to come to Houston to play with.

The Beard was named an All-Star starter and First Team All-NBA after averaging 29.7 points and 11.2 assists to lead the Rockets to the Western Conference’s third seed.