Rockets Agree to $80 Million Contract With James Harden

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0  Updated at 6:11 pm, October 31st, 2012 By: EastIdahoNews.com
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Oklahoma City Thunder/NBA(HOUSTON) — The Houston Rockets have agreed to a five-year, $80 million contract with guard James Harden.

Harden, who was traded to the Rockets Saturday, played his first  three NBA seasons as a member of the Oklahoma City Thunder.

Harden served as the Thunder’s sixth man, even winning the Sixth Man of the Year Award last season. But in Houston Harden will be a starter.

“You know in college I was a leader,” Harden said. “I was a leader with the Thunder but I had a different role. I had to change my role. Now I’m getting back to my starter ways and I’m being a leader on the court.”

Harden averaged 16.8 points, 4.1 rebounds and 3.7 assists per game last season.

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