It is as if Santa has a way in shaping salries in the NBA.

It is as if Santa has a way in shaping salries in the NBA.

Its Christmas season again!

A few months has just passed when the National Basketball Association (NBA) World Championship was concluded, where the Golden State Warriors dethroned the Cleveland Cavaliers to the pinnacle of one’s basketball career- the NBA Championship.
NBA is considered the world’s grandest stage- for a basketball player. To be part of it is already an achievement, to win a championship ring is like being a legend in itself.

NBA's highest paid athletes for the season of 2016-2017 (photo grab from Youtube)
But to be paid or to have a salary bigger than most athletes make for just playing the game you love is a different “legendary status” altogether. And this year is somewhat a milestone in setting the standards as regards to how much is the salary of a basketball player.
James Harden made NBA history when he was signed by Houston Rockets owner Leslie Alexander to a new contract that will keep the former in Houston as their franchise player up until the 2022-2023 season. The contract extension which is a four year extension that will start in the 2019-2020 with annual salaries of $37.8 million, $40.8 million and $46.8 million. All in all it could be worth $228 million through the 2022-2023 season.
"It's my pleasure to announce we've reached agreement with James Harden on a long term contract extension. Since he arrived in Houston, James has exhibited the incredible work ethic, desire to win, and passion to be the best that has made him one of the most unique and talented superstars in the history of the game," owner Leslie Alexander said in a press release. "Additionally, the commitment he has shown to our organization, the City of Houston, and Rockets fans all over the world makes him a perfect leader in our pursuit of another championship. I'm very happy for James, his mother Monja, and their family on this exciting day."
The contract extension is considered to be the most lucrative deal in NBA history, surpassing Stephen Curry’s “supermax” $201 million contract signed just this season.
Harden was a MVP finalist, even so with this contract signing he has surpassed the superstars of the Golden State and eventual MVP winner Russel Westbrook where it counts most- the paycheck. Talk about earning big bucks while playing the game you love.
And would it be great if he can play Santa Claus to us this coming Christmas?


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