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Report: James Harden committed to Rockets in wake of Russell Westbrook trade request

James Harden, Russell Westbrook, Rockets trade

James Harden remains committed to the Houston Rockets and is “locked in” for the 2020-21 season despite Russell Westbrook reportedly wanting out, per The Athletic’s Shams Charania and Kelly Iko.

Harden has said multiple times in the past he wants to retire with the Rockets.

James Harden will make $41,254,920 in 2020-21, $44,310,840 in 2021-22 and has a player option worth $47,366,760 for the 2022-23 season. He’s led the NBA in scoring the past three seasons and won the MVP award in 2018.

However, the Rockets have yet to reach the NBA Finals since acquiring Harden from the Oklahoma City Thunder in 2012. Houston has given him Dwight Howard, Chris Paul and Russell Westbrook, but the team has failed to win the big games in the playoffs with Harden leading the way.

In 2019-20, Harden averaged 34.3 points, 6.6 rebounds and 7.5 assists per game for the Rockets. The Beard shot 44.4 percent from the field, 35.5 percent from beyond the arc and 86.5 percent from the free-throw line.

Houston defeated the Thunder in the first round of the 2020 playoffs in seven games. However, LeBron James, Anthony Davis and the Los Angeles Lakers took out Harden and Co. in the second round in five games despite the Rockets winning Game 1 of the series in blowout fashion.

It is going to be interesting to see what happens this offseason with Houston. With Westbrook wanting out, the new front office of the Rockets has to once again find another star for Harden to play with.