The former Thunder bench star had two years remaining on his original deal, and will receive raises of $26.5 million in 2016-17, and $28.3 million in 2017-18. He will make a total base salary of $63.1 million in the final two years of the deal.
The contract is no doubt well-deserved for the man that lead the league in minutes last season, as well as averaging career highs with 29 points and 7.5 assists. That included 12 games with at least 40 points. along with 18 games where he finished with double-digit assists.
Harden vowed to be a key part of the recruiting process during free agency for his team following their 41-41 season last year. They have added the likes of Eric Gordon and Ryan Anderson so far. Harden has taken over as the team's leader, calling Houston "home" following his new deal.
The 26-year-old was talking like a leader while addressing his extension stating "whatever it takes we try to build and find ways to get better and that's my focus and that's my priority."