According to league sources, the Houston Rockets offered their star James Harden a two-year contract extension that would have made him the first player in NBA history to make more than $50 million per year.
With the decision, Harden is making it clear to Houston that he would rather play elsewhere in order to compete for a title. Sources say that Harden is now singularly interested in joining stars Kevin Durant and Kyrie Irving in Brooklyn.
While the Rockets and Nets have been in contact, not much progress has been made. The Rockets apparently want a huge haul of assets and draft picks in return for their star.
The Rockets will be patient in trying to find a team that has the necessary ammunition to acquire Harden, but the Nets don’t appear to be that team right now.
Harden is still under contract for several more years, which enables Houston to take it slow and make sure that they are getting exactly what they need in return if they do decide to let go of their prolific scorer.
Harden is 31-years-old and reportedly believes that his window to compete for a championship with the Rockets, who appear to be in rebuild mode after changing general managers this offseason, has ended.