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During the introductory press conferences for new Rockets Ryan Anderson, Nene & Eric Gordon, Rockets guard James Harden revealed he and the team had agreed to a four-year extension that would keep the guard in Houston until the 2020.

Yahoo Sports reports the deal does include a player option for the 2019-20 season. Harden, 26 has been an All-Star in each of his four seasons in Houston and led the Rockets to the 2015 Western Conference Finals.

“There’s no indecision,” Harden. “There’s no doubt. There’s new life.”

Rockets GM Daryl Morey agreed.

“We’re building a new core with James here,” Houston general manager Daryl Morey said.

After a more than disappointing start and finish to the 2015-16 season, the Rockets hired offensive minded coach Mike D’Antoni in June. Seeing the two-guard as the center piece of the franchise, Morey and Alexander locking him up not only saves them of the headache of possibly losing in him free agency, it shows they’ve bought into D’Antoni’s plans for the Rockets future.

Harden’s original 5-year, $80 million extension which he signed in 2012 allowed the Rockets provisions via the collective bargaining agreement that allowed Houston to use its remaining cap space to renegotiate Harden’s deal. He had 2 years and $34.6 million remaining on the original 2012 deal but now sees increases in his yearly salary of an additional $10 million and $11 million for 2016-17 and 2017-18 as well as two additional years. He’ll make $26.5 million this season, $28.3 million next season with the remaining two years paying Harden $30.4 and $32.7 million respectively.

In total, it’s an additional $83.5 million attached to Harden’s contract over the next four years.

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