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James Harden turned down $ 50 million a year from the Rockets and asked to be traded to the Brooklyn Nets

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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.

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.

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.