James Harden

James Harden will stay in Houston, after agreeing to a contract extension with the Rockets on Saturday (July 9), keeping him their centerpiece player.

While details were not revealed, sources tell USA Today the contract is four years and $118 million, along with a player option in the final season.

Harden is coming off a disappointing Rockets season. Individually, he put up elite numbers (29 points, 7.5 assists and six rebounds per game). But as a team, the Rockets went 41-41, and barely made the playoffs with the eighth seed, only to be eliminated in the first round by the Golden State Warriors.

However, this offseason, there’s been a lot of changes. Mike D’Antoni has been given the head coaching job and Dwight Howard has left in free agency. And,┬áthe team has added free agents like Ryan Anderson and Eric Gordon, who should help them keep up in the Western Conference race.