Originally written on HoopStuff  |  Last updated 11/4/12
The Deal:  5 years- 80 million After the big trade aquiring from the Thunder, the Rockets immediately signed shooting guard, James Harden to a max contract. He is an excellent young player and a rising star in the league. Today is he worth 16 million a year? Probably not, but he is a franchise cornerstone, who keeps getting better and now that he is a team’s first option, he should thrive. He is an excellent ball-handler, passer, shooter and overall scorer. He has been a sixth man his entire career, but one of the best in recent memory. There is no doubt that he will be a starter on the Rockets and he should be their leading scorer.  His potential is still unknown as he has taken a back seat to higher paid teammates, Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook, but with an offense catered to him in Houston there is no telling how great he can be. He is off to an amazing start scoring 37 points and dishing out 12 assists in his first game in a Rockets uniform and going over 40 in his second g...
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