The Houston Rockets announced some big news after a newsconference on Sat. July 9. They announced that shooting guard and star player James Harden is staying with the organization for another lengthy period of time.The news came after the introduction of two new players to the Rockets roster. Both are power forward Ryan Anderson and shooting guard Eric Gordon, who formerly played for the New Orleans Pelicans. It was said that Harden had signed a four year extension that goes through the 2019-20 season and is worth $118.1 million, with a player option in 2019.

Harden, originally on a five year, $80 million contract with the Rockets, with two years left, is receiving raises for the next two upcoming seasons. During the last two years of the deal, Harden is to receive a total of $63.1 million in base salaries.

The Rockets were looking to do a little evaluating and revamping after finishing last season with a 41-41 record and clinching an eighth playoff seed in the western conference before losing in the first round to the Golden State Warriors in five games.

One of the first moves the Rockets made after the end of last season was to hireMike D'Antoni.

The former NBA coach of the year for the Phoenix Suns takes the helm of a team that is looking to come out stronger than ever before. Harden played a big role in the free agent recruiting process, sitting in on the meetings with Anderson and Gordon, who both expressed a great desire to play for the Rockets.

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The 26-year-old Harden has already had a fantasticcareer in his seven years in the NBA, being an All-Star four times and getting selected to the All NBA first team twice. For the past two seasons, he led the NBA in minutes played, free throws, free throw attempts, turnovers, and points. He's led the Rockets to the postseason in each of his four seasons on the team, eventually reaching the western conference finals in 2015, but losing to the Warriors in five games. Last season, Harden played in and started all of the Rockets 82 games, averaging 29.0 points, 7.5 assists, and 6.1 rebounds per game.

With the addition of Anderson and Gordon, the Rockets are getting strong, key players needed to play on the court with Harden and help try to make the team better.

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