Houston star James Harden has actually reportedly knocked back the wealthiest offer in NBA history to force a trade to a rival group.

Rumours have actually swirled all week that Harden desires out of the Firecrackers while the group self-implodes after an unstable season from hell.

The 31-year-old scoring device’s reported determination to leave the Firecrackers comes after reports that Houston’s other super star Russell Westbrook also wants to leave, following coach Mike D’Antoni and GM Daryl Morey out the door.

The rumours surrounding Harden ended up being a lot more than speculation on Tuesday (AEST) when ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski reported the former Thunder guard has rejected a two-year beast agreement extension that would see Harden locked in for five years till the end of the 2024-25 season.

The report lays out that the two-year deal would see Harden end up being the first player in league history to earn more than $US50 million in one season.

Harden apparently has $131.5 million staying on his agreement with the Rockets which has another 3 seasons to run.

The newest deal from the Rockets would see Harden take in $US103 million in the last two years of his agreement– more than $140 million, or $70 million per season.

It would take Harden’s five-year offer at the Firecrackers to the spectacular figure of $272 million.

Having turned down the deal, Wojnarowski reports Harden has made it clear that he wishes to transfer to the Brooklyn Nets to link with fellow All Stars Kyrie Irving and Kevin Durant in a brand-new incredibly group.

On The Other Hand, Ten-time All-Star Chris Paul is set to sign up with the Phoenix Suns from the Oklahoma City Thunder as part of a smash hit deal that sends 4 gamers and a draft select the other method, reports said on Tuesday (AEDT).

ESPN reported that Paul and colleague Adel Nader would head to the Suns in exchange for Kelly Oubre, Ricky Rubio, Ty Jerome and Jalen Lecque.

Oklahoma City would also receive a 2022 first round draft pick as part of the move, which signals the Suns’ determination to get into playoff contention next season.

Paul, 35, had two more seasons staying on his Oklahoma City contract after joining the Thunder in 2019 following 2 seasons at the Houston Firecrackers. Prior to that Paul spent six years with the Los Angeles Clippers.

The move will see Paul sign up with up with Phoenix’s Devin Booker, among the brightest skills in the NBA.

Phoenix have actually not made the post season given that 2010 but pleased throughout the NBA’s reboot in Orlando earlier this year, going 8-0 and simply failing to clinch a location in the playoffs.