James Harden could be in Brooklyn next NBA season | Michael Reaves / .
James Harden turned down the opportunity to become the first player to earn a salary of $ 50 million per year in NBA history by not agreeing to an extension with the Houston Rockets. In his refusal, he made it clear to the owners that he wants a trade that takes him to Brooklyn to play for the Nets.
The Rockets offered “La Barba” a two-year, $ 103 million maximum extension allowed, in addition to the remaining three years for $ 133 million on his current contract.
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– Zach Lowe (@ZachLowe_NBA) November 16, 2020
Houston and Brooklyn have been in contact, but have thus far not engaged in a meaningful dialogue for the player. The Rockets want a meaningful offer for Harden and are willing to be patient to find it on the market.
Sources: After turning down an extension offer to become the first $ 50M a year player in league history, James Harden’s message to Houston is clear: Get me to Brooklyn. Rockets and Nets have been in contact, but there’s been no meaningful dialogue. https://t.co/qwJOQOxz5U
– Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) November 17, 2020
The Rockets have shaped their organization to suit Harden, both on and off the court. They’ve acquired players they’ve wanted like Chris Paul and Russell Westbrook, but they haven’t worked out.