HOUSTON - It was a press conference to introduce two new Rockets players -- forward Ryan Anderson and guard Eric Gordon, both free agent additions from the New Orleans Pelicans.
However, the big news was that the Rockets had reached an agreement to keep All-Star guard James Harden as the centerpiece of the team as they signed him to a 2-year contract extension. That means Harden is calling the Bayou City home for the next four years.
Harden’s teams have made the playoffs in each of his seven NBA seasons and have advanced to the Conference Finals three times, including a Finals appearance in 2011-12. This past season, Harden averaged career highs in scoring (29.0 ppg), rebounding (6.1 rpg), and assists (7.5 apg). He became the fourth different player in NBA history to average at least 29.0 points, 7.0 assists and 6.0 rebounds in a single season, joining LeBron James, Michael Jordan, and Oscar Robertson.
Terms of the deal were not released but according to different media outlets the deal is worth 118-million dollars.
For fans tired of seeing their stars leave to pursue a championship in other cities, this has to be a relief for them.
General manager Daryl Morey says, "We are building a new core and we are excited about locking James Harden in for a long time."
Let's just hope that can result in championship rings at some point.