“My career will certainly end here”. So said James Harden at the start of the 2015-2016 season with the Rockets. The 26-year-old at the time probably had no idea that his experience in Texas was going to end badly years later. To the point of claiming, without much diplomacy, his exit ticket to the Nets.
Six years after that statement, the southpaw has the same intentions with Brooklyn. He’s said it openly this week, and it’s confirmed by franchise owner Joe Tsai, interviewed by the New York Post.
“He has said before that he wants to play and finish his career in Brooklyn: he really said it. And our job is to make sure he keeps having that in mind“, Notes the co-founder of Alibaba. The latter is well aware that obtaining one or more titles will convince a little more James Harden to stay with the Nets. As long as the millions of dollars are there of course.
Kevin Durant already extended
” The point is, I agree with him that Brooklyn is the best place to go, so there isn’t much discussion about that., continues the owner. And as for the timing, I think we respect his and let it happen. Obviously, we’re determined to have him in Brooklyn for the long haul. We therefore informed him of our desire to sign it and extend it as soon as possible. ”
Which would mean, in the best case, before the deadline of October 18, the day before their season resumes. In addition to the bearded man ($ 44 million this season), the Nets, who have already handled the Kevin Durant case, must also look into the situation of the third thief, Kyrie Irving (35 million).
A beautiful financial puzzle in perspective. “ I am very confident that Brooklyn is where he wants to be, nevertheless relativizes Tsai, about Harden. He wants to play with the best, guys like KD and Kyrie, so I don’t worry about that. ”
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