Two-time NBA MVP runner-up James Harden has ‘promised’ that he will remain at the Houston Rockets ‘forever.
Answering a fans message on Twitter that read “Never ever ever ever ever leave Houston”, The Beard replied:
Twitter: @edgarguerrero23 Promise I won’t. #Rocket4Life (@JHarden13)
While this needs to be taken with a pinch of salt as it’s not the first time a player has said they will remain at a team before heading elsewhere (Remember Kevin Durant stating “I wanna play with Oklahoma City for my whole career”?)
With that said it is most likely that Harden will be at the Rockets for the foreseeable future after signing a four-year extension worth $228 million that sees him through to the 2022-2023 season.
Following the extension in July, the 28-year-old said “I know where home is, I know where I want to be, I know where I want to retire, ultimately, and I know where I want to win a championship. Everything is going to happen here in Houston and that’s the reason I’m here for forever.”
Harden will also benefit this upcoming season from the addition of guard Chris Paul joining the team from the LA Clippers.
The Harden-Paul pairing looks set to be an interesting line up for the new season with Rockets owner Leslie Alexander stating:
“Since winning back-to-back championships, the pursuit of a third title has remained the ultimate goal for our franchise.”
“We feel that combining two of the league’s greatest players in James Harden and Chris Paul, operating in Coach D’Antoni’s system, gives us a championship caliber team that will compete at the highest level for years to come.”