NBA superstar’s cryptic Instagram post

James Harden must enjoy the speculation surrounding him.

Following an ESPN report that Harden turned down a two-year extension with Houston — which would’ve made him the first player in NBA history to make $50 million per season — the former MVP posted a brief and cryptic video to social media, in which he takes the cap off a bottle.

“No cap” is slang for not lying.

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Harden is attempting to force Houston to trade him to the Brooklyn Nets, to form a super team with Kevin Durant and Kyrie Irving. But he has little leverage to trigger a deal.

The 31-year-old still has multiple years left on his contract with Houston, which has no reason to make a lesser deal with the Nets when the Rockets can acquire better packages with other teams, such as Philadelphia.

Thus far, ESPN reports that Houston and Brooklyn have engaged in talks, but there has been “no meaningful dialogue.”

Though Harden has reached the playoffs in each of his eight seasons in Houston, he hasn’t been to the NBA Finals since teaming with Durant in Oklahoma City in 2012.

Harden wants out.Source:Getty Images

Harden reportedly knocked back the richest deal in NBA history to force a trade to a rival team.

Rumours have swirled all week that Harden wants out of the Rockets while the team self-implodes after a turbulent season from hell.

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

The rumours surrounding Harden became much more than speculation on Tuesday (AEST) when ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski reported the former Thunder guard has rejected a two-year monster contract extension that would see Harden locked in for five years until the end of the 2024-25 season.

The report outlines that the two-year deal would see Harden become the first player in league history to earn more than $US50 million in one season.

Harden reportedly has $131.5 million remaining on his contract with the Rockets which has another three seasons to run.

The latest offer from the Rockets would see Harden take in $US103 million in the final two years of his contract — more than $140 million, or $70 million per season.

It would take Harden’s five-year deal at the Rockets to the stunning figure of $272 million.

This article originally appeared on the NY Post and was reproduced with permission.

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