That prompted this Twitter exchange:
Obviously, this is non-binding. If Harden ever leaves, he doesn’t even have to answer for this statement. He could also always spin it as, no matter where he’s playing, he’ll always have love for Houston and the Rockets.
A new owner creates uncertainty. Will Tilman Fertitta stick with general manager Daryl Morey, who has enlisted Harden as a partner in team-building? Will Fertitta spend as much as Leslie Alexander did to build good teams around Harden?
But Harden and the Rockets have shown major commitment to each other. Among players so young, perhaps only Kawhi Leonard (Spurs) is more likely to spend the rest of his career with the same franchise.