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James Harden | Guard | #13

Team: Houston Rockets
Age / DOB:  (28) / 8/26/1989
Ht / Wt:  6'5' / 220
College: Arizona State
Drafted: 2009 / Rd. 1 (3) / OKC
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James Harden said he plans on staying with the Rockets for the rest of his career.
"I know where I want to be," He said. "I know where I want to retire ultimately and where I want to win a championship. Everything is going to happen here in Houston, and that’s the reason I’m here forever." After adding on four years to his deal worth $228 million, he will be under contract through the 2022-23 season and won't be a free agent until he's 33. Harden will spend more time off the ball with Chris Paul in town, but coach Mike D'Antoni hinted that he will stagger them as much as possible -- expect at least one of them to be on the floor at all times in close games. His value might take a small hit, but he's still a no-brainer pick in the first round. Jul 16 - 12:44 PM
Source: ESPN

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The Rockets and James Harden agreed to a four-year contract extension which will run through the 2022-23 season.

The deal will reportedly go for $228 million under the NBA's new Designated Player Exception. Harden has two more years at $59 million, then he'll waive his player option and have the extension kick in. "Houston is home for me. Mr. Alexander has shown he is fully committed to winning," Harden said. While there are other factors, it's still hard to believe the Rockets added him for just Jeremy Lamb, Kevin Martin and draft picks.
Source: NBA.com
Jul 8 - 4:19 PM

James Harden and the Rockets are progressing toward a deal for the biggest contract extension in NBA history, according to ESPN.com.

Harden is getting a little over $91 million for the next three seasons with a player option on the third year. The NBA added a Designated Player Exception, which could lock up Harden beyond the 2022 season and guarantee him $228 million -- the Wizards are also trying to do this on John Wall. The Rockets have made it clear they're doing all they can to compete with a team that general manager Daryl Morey called "a juggernaut" this week, so Harden may have bought in for Houston.
Jul 8 - 3:51 PM

Mike D'Antoni suggested in a recent interview that James Harden will play shooting guard "for a large part of the game," now that Chris Paul is in Houston.

There's no surprise here, and D'Antoni also said that Harden will remain "on the point a lot." CP3 and Harden will likely be staggered in the rotation, keeping one of them on the court at all times, which was hinted at in D'Antoni's quotes. "The year before ... we moved [Harden] over to point guard, and now we're going [to] probably move him back [to shooting guard] for a large part of the game. He'll still be on the point a lot." The newly-minted Coach of the Year had one of the league's fastest and most-efficient offenses, prior to CP3's arrival, so this superstar backcourt shouldn't be an issue for fantasy owners.
Source: USA Today
Jun 28 - 11:14 PM

The Rockets reportedly "plan" to offer James Harden a four-year extension this offseason worth roughly $168 million.

Harden accepted an extension with the club last summer that put him under contract through 2019, although if he waits another year before committing to another extension with Houston, he would be able to sign a five-year deal somewhere in the ballpark of $217 million.
Jun 20 - 3:15 PM

Moses Malone Jr. is suing James Harden for allegedly orchestrating a plan to rob him.

According to a report from Fox 26 in Houston, Malone Jr. is alleging that Harden paid a group of people $20,000 in cash to attack and rob Malone at a club last year. Apparently, Malone claims Harden was offended by a Facebook post from Malone that criticized Harden. Harden's attorney denies all charges on behalf of his client.
May 16 - 12:28 PM

Rockets coach Mike D'Antoni said he may consider giving James Harden more rest during the regular season in 2017-18.

Harden played poorly and looked strangely lethargic in the Rockets 39-point home loss to the Spurs in Game 6. He scored just 10 points on 2-of-11 shooting and committed six turnovers. He was also held scoreless and turned the ball over three times in the overtime period of Game 5. D'Antoni acknowledged that fatigue may have played a factor. "Maybe he does need to take a game off here and there. 'Hey, you're nicked up a little bit, don't play,'" said D'Antoni.
Source: ESPN.com
May 13 - 9:19 AM

James Harden made just 2-of-11 from the field for 10 points during an embarrassing 114-75 season-ending loss to the Spurs on Thursday, adding three rebounds, seven assists, one steal, one block and six turnovers in 37 minutes.

It was a really, really bad first half for Harden, who turned the ball over five times with just two makes from the field and didn't even attempt a field goal in the first half. With Harden's woeful time down the stretch in Game 5 coupled with this dud, one has to think if Harden was either hurting or maybe something wasn't right with him. The Rockets did have an unwritten agreement to play as much as they could during the season to develop their chemistry, and also going with a seven-man rotation in Game 5, so it's fair to say Harden just wore down. Plus, he was passing up open looks a ton during this game. All this said, Harden had an MVP-caliber season and will be in the mix for a top pick in fantasy next year.
May 11 - 10:38 PM

James Harden triple-doubled in Tuesday's 110-107 Game 5 loss to the Spurs, racking up 33 points (11-of-24 FGs, 7-of-8 FTs), 10 rebounds, 10 assists, one steal, one block and four 3-pointers.

Despite the triple-double, Harden faded down the stretch and his potential game-tying 3-pointer was blocked by Manu Ginobili on Houston's final possession. Harden failed to score in overtime and was sloppy with the ball at times, finishing with nine turnovers. Fatigue was likely a factor, though it didn't help that Kawhi Leonard and Jonathon Simmons were all over him for most of the night. With the Rockets trailing 2-3, Harden will look to force a Game 7 with the series shifting back to Houston for Game 6 on Thursday.
May 9 - 11:42 PM

James Harden led Houston to a series-tying Game 4 victory on Sunday with 28 points, 12 assists, five rebounds, two steals and four 3-pointers.

Harden had a total of five assists in Game 3, a tally he matched in the first quarter tonight as the Rockets roared out to a 12-point lead. He banged knees with Patty Mills in the third quarter and was in obvious pain, grabbing the outside of his left knee, but it didn't cost him any time. He should be fine for Tuesday's critical Game 5 in San Antonio.
May 8 - 12:10 AM

James Harden scored 43 points during a Game 3 103-92 loss to the Spurs on Friday, adding two rebounds, five assists, three steals and five 3-pointers in 40 minutes.

He was back into a good groove on offense and went to the line 11 times to match his total in the first two games combined. Even with Harden passing out of drives, the Rockets just couldn't get open looks from three, making just 12-of-39 from deep in this loss. Plus, they only had nine fast-break points, which has also been a big part of how the Rockets score. The Spurs seem to have a good plan to limit this offense to a season-low 92 points, so basically the Rockets will need to make tons of threes to win this series.
May 6 - 12:21 AM

James Harden sounded like he was battling a cold on Thursday.

He did also suffer what looked like a minor hip injury on Wednesday, but he said he was fine on Thursday. The Spurs have done a great job in defending Harden, especially keeping him to just 11 free throw attempts in the two games combined. Harden should be all set for Friday's Game 3 in Houston.
May 4 - 3:07 PM

James Harden shot 3-of-17 from the field during Houston's Game 2 defeat on Wednesday, making two 3-pointers with 10 assists, seven rebounds, two steals and four turnovers in 34 minutes.

Harden tweaked a hip tonight, according to coach Mike D'Antoni, who insisted that he's not worried. "[Harden] is fine," he said, adding that the MVP candidate's health is the "least of my worries." San Antonio found success by rotating Kawhi Leonard and Danny Green against Harden defensively, complicating the chess match of this second-round series. Expect a bounce-back performance from Harden during Friday's home game.
May 4 - 12:36 AM

James Harden led the Rockets to a 126-99 win in Game 1 vs. the Spurs on Monday, scoring 20 points on 6-of-13 shooting.

One of San Antonio's top priorities is to limit Harden's free throw attempts after he averaged 14.6 FTAs in Round 1, but that's basically all the Spurs got right -- he got to the line just five times tonight. However, he was still dominant and pick-and-rolled the Spurs to death, dishing out a playoff career-high 14 assists with one board, four steals and three triples in 31 minutes. Harden didn't even touch the floor down the stretch with the game all but over by the third quarter, so he should be fresh for Game 2 on Wednesday.
May 2 - 12:32 AM

James Harden hit just 8-of-25 shots, 2-of-13 3-pointers and 16-of-17 free throws for 32 points, seven rebounds, four assists, three steals and two blocks in Tuesday's 105-99 win over the Thunder to win their first-round series 4-1.

Harden was easily outplayed by Russell Westbrook tonight, who hit 15-of-34 shots and 5-of-18 3-pointers for 47 points, 11 rebounds and nine assists, but the Rockets were able to hold on for the win, helped by a 14-4 start to the fourth quarter in a close game. Most of Harden's help came from Lou Williams, Patrick Beverley, Nene and Clint Capela, while Westbrook didn't have the same support system in place, which was the case for most of the season. Harden's Rockets will advance to face the winner of the Spurs-Grizzlies series, and it looks like the Spurs will take a 3-2 lead tonight, as of this writing. Either way, Harden's arch nemesis (Westbrook) is out of the way and he can now focus on trying to lead his team to a championship, without all the triple-double and MVP talk getting in the way of his ultimate goal.
Apr 25 - 10:58 PM