Harden has signed a 4-year contract extension, Craig Ackerman of Houston Rockets Radio reports. With the departure of Dwight Howard, and the recent additions of Eric Gordon and Ryan Anderson, the Houston Rockets ensured the future of their franchise with a deal that will keep their star player in Houston through the peak of his prime. Harden will be making a max salary in each of his next four years with the Rockets, with the salary adjusting for the raising salary cap each season. The 26-year-old Harden averaged 29 points per contest in 2015-16, proving to be among the best scorers in the league, respectively.
Harden announced Friday that he will not participate in this summer's Olympics, Jonathan Feign of the Houston Chronicle reports. Harden, who said the decision not to play was "painstaking," is the latest in a string of star players who have announced they will not be part of Team USA at the 2016 Summer Olympics. While Harden will not be part of the American squad, there is no shortage of players available to take his place.
Harden had 35 points (12-23 FG, 3-7 3Pt, 8-9 FT), six rebounds, six assists, and two steals in 37 minutes during the Rockets' 114-81 loss to the Warriors in Wednesday's Game 5. Harden committed seven turnovers, and the Rockets were run out of the playoffs by a Stephen Curry-less (knee) Warriors squad. During five first round games, Harden averaged 26.6 points (41.0 FG, 31.0 3Pt, 84.4 FT), 7.6 assists to 5.2 turnovers, 5.2 rebounds, and 2.4 steals across 39 minutes. Wednesday's Game 5 was the only contest in which he managed to make 50 percent or more of his field-goal attempts, but it was also the second one where he had more turnovers than assists. Harden and Houston have more questions than answers going into the offseason, but the 26-year-old guard will more than likely be among the top fantasy contributors once again in 2016-17.
Harden scored just 18 points (4-13 FG, 8-10 FT, 2-8 3Pt) to go along with 10 assists, seven rebounds and seven steals in 40 minutes during Sunday's loss to the Warriors. After going off for 35 points in a near triple-double effort in Game 3, Harden came up short Sunday, despite filling up the stat sheet. Harden carries an enormous load for Houston, and an accomplished defensive team such as the Warriors can make things tough as he repeatedly attacks alone. Harden will need to be at his best of Houston is to stave off elimination as the series shifts to Oakland for Game 5.
Harden scored a game-high 35 points (11-26 FG, 4-14 3Pt, 9-11 FT) and added nine assists, eight rebounds and two steals over 44 minutes in Thursday's 97-96 Game 3 victory over the Warriors. The perennial All-Star was the hero on the night in every sense, leading all scorers with a playoff-best 35 points and draining the game-winning jumper with a second left to stave off a 3-0 Warriors series lead. Harden was outstanding across the stat sheet Thursday, and has now increased his point total in each game of the series. He's managed to be a highly effective ball distributor in the process, dishing out 20 dimes over the last two contests. Although he hasn't found his stroke from long range over that span-- going 5-for-22 from beyond the arc combined in Games 2 and 3-- Harden is clearly the key to Houston having any chance of extending the series into a sixth or seventh game.
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