Harden out to join KD, Irving at Nets

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    COACH Mike D’Antoni and general manager Daryl Morey departed the Houston Rockets after last season. Star guard James Harden might be the next one out the door.

    Harden declined Houston’s offer of a contract that would pay him an NBA-record $50 million per season, and instead is looking to engineer a trade that would send him to the Brooklyn Nets, ESPN reported Monday.

    Per the report, Harden turned down an extension for two years and $103 million beyond the existing three years and $133 million on his contract. He is reportedly in contact with Nets forward Kevin Durant and guard Kyrie Irving in hopes of forming a Big Three in Brooklyn.