The Houston Rockets have signed star guard James Harden to an NBA-record four-year, $228 million contract extension. The deal will take him through the 2022-23 season and averages an absurd $57 million per year. It surpasses the five-year, $201 million contract two-time MVP Stephen Curry received from the Golden State Warriors earlier in the month.
Harden, 27, is coming off a brilliant 2016-17 season that saw him averaged 29.1 points, 8.1 rebounds and an NBA-best 11.2 assists per game. He was the second-best fantasy basketball player in the game behind Russell Westbrook.
This deal comes a couple weeks after Houston acquired fellow All-Star Chris Paul from the Los Angeles Clippers. The two should field the best backcourt in the entire Association this upcoming season. Though, we can fully expect Harden's fantasy impact to take somewhat of a hit here. With a true point guard in Paul on the roster, Harden's assist numbers should decline a great deal. Even then, there's no reason to believe he won't average north of 30 points per game with Paul tossing him the rock. That could very well make up for regression in terms of assists.