How Much Will James Harden Earn in 2020 if He Continues With the Houston Rockets?

Published 12/04/2020, 12:16 PM EST
James Harden attends Black Ops Basketball Run on September 12, 2018 in New York City. (Photo by Shareif Ziyadat/Getty Images)


The Houston Rockets have succeeded in retaining James Harden by trading Russell Westbrook for John Wall. Fans are excited to see the duo get in action, but there lies a more important question. How much are the Rockets paying Harden for the 2020/21 NBA season? 

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Harden signed a 4-year deal with the Rockets in 2016 and followed it up with a massive extension during July 2017. The deal’s value eclipsed expectations and became the largest contract in NBA history at the time. 

People were blown away as it was a 4-year $170 million extension. Harden’s deal will keep him with the Rockets till 2022, with the subsequent season being a player option.

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Well, keeping all the numbers in mind, how much is ‘The Beard’ going to earn in 2021? 

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NEW YORK, NY – SEPTEMBER 12: James Harden attends Black Ops Basketball Run on September 12, 2018 in New York City. (Photo by Shareif Ziyadat/Getty Images)

The exact amount is $41,254,920. Harden’s one among a handful of players who will earn $40 million in 2021, joining the likes of Steph Curry and Russell Westbrook, and Chris Paul

$40 million is indeed a massive amount, and the catch is that the numbers will be on the rise in the subsequent seasons. Harden’s surely making a fortune through his NBA contract, let alone the endorsements he’s earning from. 

There are a few interesting facts from HoopsHype about James Harden earning $41 million in 2021. He will earn 8% more than he did in the previous season and is also the 5th highest-paid player in the league. 

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How will Houston Rockets thrive under the new pairing of James Harden and John Wall? 

The trade between the Rockets and the Wizards is certainly a roof-raising one. Two extraordinary point guards in Russell Westbrook and John Wall switched teams, and the latter is returning from multiple injuries. 

It might take Wall a few games to resurrect his prime form, but one can never count him out. Though they’ve never played together, it seems like John Wall can be the perfect player to complement James Harden. 

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Both are excellent facilitators and Wall will ease Harden’s responsibilities in the team. Kevin Durant recently played with Wall and the Nets star was extremely impressed. 

“Looked amazing to me, he looked great,” said Durant about the 5x All-Star. Things appear to be much better at the Rockets franchise than they were a week or two ago. They’ve added a dynamic star to pair with Harden and only time can tell us how it pays off! 

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Arjun Athreya is a senior writer at Essentially Sports and has been contributing since early 2020. Having developed an avid interest in sports at an early age, he pursued a Journalism degree and graduated from Madras Christian College. Arjun manages the Golf division and its content, and primarily covers news pertaining to the NBA as well.

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