Since getting traded to Houston in 2012, James Harden has become one of the most recognizable superstars in the NBA. He was a sixth man in Oklahoma City, but he’s proven over the past three seasons with the Rockets that he’s more than capable of being the first option on a title-contending team. He still has three more years before he can become a free agent, but when the subject came up recently, he made it clear that he plans to stay in Houston for the rest of his career.
As for where it will all end, Harden did not entertain a thought of changing anything. Comfortable as he is in the spotlight, he showed no signs of a pull from Hollywood for a return to his native Los Angeles. He had little reason to want to want to change. Signed through the 2017-18 season, when asked if he intends to play the rest of his career in Houston, Harden did not hesitate.
“Definitely,” Harden said. “Definitely it’s going to end here.”
Obviously, that’s exactly what you’d expect someone to say in his situation, but the Rockets are a title contender every year, and in Daryl Morey, they have one of the smartest GMs in the league who will keep them competitive throughout the rest of his prime.