James Harden believes the championship window for the Rockets has closed

James Harden
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James Harden has decided to leave the Houston Rockets as he believes the championship window for the team has closed.

The NBA superstar thinks he will be able to win the title only if he creates a superteam, along with Kevin Durant and Kyrie Irving, in the Brooklyn Nets.

“Harden believes his window to chase championships in Houston has ended, and constructing a super team with the Nets represents his best pathway to a title, sources said.

Harden can become a free agent in 2022 if he opts out of the final year of his contract — and sources said Brooklyn represents a two-year play to win a title before deciding on the next steps in his career,” Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN reports.

Harden has three years and $133M left on his current contract with the Rockets.