The Brooklyn Nets and Houston Rockets are nearing a deal to send James Harden to Brooklyn, multiple league sources told Front Office Sports. The deal isn’t “official,” but sources say a deal is in place and the two teams have a “verbal agreement.”
Harden had a chance to become the first player in NBA history to earn more than $50 million per year after the Rockets offered him a two-year, $103 million extension on top of the three years, $133 million remaining on his current deal.
Global Connection: If a deal goes through, it would further help establish the Nets as a global brand, something Joe Tsai set out to do when he took over full ownership of the team in August 2019 in a deal valuing it at $2.3 billion. Harden had the third-highest selling NBA jersey in China in 2018 — his potential future teammates, Kevin Durant and Kyrie Irving, ranked fourth and fifth, respectively.