James Harden.

Report: James Harden has negotiated a huge new deal with the Houston Rockets

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The Houston Rockets' minor title window may have passed by without much of a challenge, but now is the time for the franchise to re-group and assemble a team capable of challenging at the top of the Western Conference once again.

Having reach the Western Conference Finals in 2015 - where they lost to the Golden State Warriors as James Harden came second in the race for regular season MVP - they struggled throughout last season and fell to the same opponents in the first round of the playoffs.

The relationship between Harden and Dwight Howard took up a lot of column inches as it is said the two failed to see eye-to-eye.

The center has recently joined the Atlanta Hawks following the free agency period, and it seems Houston are prepared to persevere with their shooting guard.

According to Adrian Wojnarowski of The Vertical, the two parties have agreed to a new four-year deal that could keep him under contract at the Toyota Center until 2020.

Houston Rockets v Golden State Warriors - Game Five

According to the report - via league sources - the new contract will see 'The Beard' earn $118 million over the duration. It means Houston are sure of one extra year of the guard in 2018-19 due to a player option.

The surprise announcement was made during Saturday's press conference where the Rockets introduced their new free agency trio of Ryan Anderson, Eric Gordon and Nene.

Harden is evidently excited by the future in Texas and will be hoping his new teammates, and future additions can help them return to the top of the west.

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