James Harden never wants to leave Houston and is intent on bringing another NBA title to the city the Californian now considers home.
And the Rockets are doing everything possible to make sure the Beard gets exactly what he wants.
The clearest evidence of that came a week ago when they signed him to the biggest contract in league history: a four-year, "supermax" extension that guarantees $228 million over the next six seasons.
"I know where I want to retire ultimately and I know where I want to win a championship," Harden said Saturday. "Everything is going to happen in Houston and that's the reason I'm here forever."