Black Monday in NFL:

Harden plans to sign extension with Rockets

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James Harden, who was acquired by the Houston Rockets as part of major trade on Saturday, told reporters on Sunday he intends to sign a long-term contract extension with the Rockets.

"I'll let them figure it out, them and my agent," Harden said, according to the Houston Chronicle. "My focus now is on Houston and how to make them better."

Harden, the NBA Sixth Man of the Year last season, had been trying to work out a contract extension with Oklahoma City, but a deal could not be reached and the trade resulted.

Harden does not expect a problem in reaching an agreement with Houston.

The Chronicle reported the Rockets will offer a maximum contract, worth either $78.6 million over five years or $60.2 million over four years.

Reportedly, the Thunder's final offer was in the range of $55 million for four years.

ThenThunder acquired guards Kevin Martin and Jeremy Lamb, two first-round picks and a second-round pick in exhange for Harden.
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