This is not a surprise, there is no way Daryl Morey made the blockbuster trade for James Harden without checking through back channels that he would sign a contract extension there.
He will, Harden said on Sunday. A video of Harden’s meeting with the media is posted on the Rockets official Web site.
“Yes, yes,” Harden said if he had decided to sign with the Rockets. “I’ll let them figure that out with my agent.
He was asked why that appealed to him.
“Just to be secure. I feel like I’m in a great position with a great team, a great group of young guys that are willing to work hard.”
Most player sign their first big extension post rookie contract, because that’s the contract that takes them from making a lot of money — several million a year — to “set my family up for generations” money. (Providing they don’t blow through it, which is another issue, though not necessarily for Harden.) Harden and the thunder couldn’t agree to the terms of that second deal — he turned down a four year, $52 million offer — and that is when the trade came.
Harden also talked about jumping from a title contender to a rebuilding team.
“It’s definitely different, but it’s something that we have to learn to deal with,” Harden said. “This is a business and everything happens for a reason. I’m just going to try to play hard and win games.”