The Houston Rockets and James Harden have agreed on a deal, which will see Harden earn $80 million over the next five years.
The 23-year-old Harden was surprisingly traded from the Oklahoma City Thunder just before the season started. This moved came as a shock considering how Harden was such a monumental part of the Thunder making the finals last season.
Despite coming off the bench in all but seven games for Oklahoma, the reigning Sixth Man of the Year was a vital asset and will be extremely difficult to replace.
OKC managed to pick up Kevin Martin, Jeremy Lamb, two first-round draft-picks and a second round draft pick.
There is no doubt Kevin Martin can put up points, he averages .3 PTS more than Harden on their careers, nonetheless Harden’s amazing ability to control and take over a game off the bench is something Martin doesn’t posses.