James Harden Gets His Max Deal
Today it was released that Harden agreed to a 5-year, $80 million contract extension with the Rockets, making him a superstar in the form of pay-scale. It remains to be seen whether or not he can become the player that the Rockets expect him to be.
His shaky performance in the NBA Finals (37% FG) proved otherwise, however, he was operating behind the shadow cast by Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook. It was becoming too crowded for the three egos to coexist as Harden truly believes that he is a star guard and required the platform to prove it.
Well now he has the money and the opportunity to make some noise, prove that he can Linsanity can make things happen with a young, inexperienced Rockets team in a deep Western Conference.
Harden, the 2012 Sixth Man of the Year, will now transition into a starting star on a team desperate to re-enter the playoff contention conversation. Can he up his game and become the man to average 25 points a night, igniting a franchise that lost so much publicity with the retirement of Yao Ming? Or will this change of scenery be too hard to handle?