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James Harden pledges to never leave Houston

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LOS ANGELES, CA - MARCH 01: James Harden #13 of the Houston Rockets celebrates a three pointer during a 122-103 win over the LA Clippers at Staples Center on March 1, 2017 in Los Angeles, California. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)

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Rockets star James Harden donated $1 million to Harvey relief and then got personally involved.

That prompted this Twitter exchange:

Obviously, this is non-binding. If Harden ever leaves, he doesn’t even have to answer for this statement. He could also always spin it as, no matter where he’s playing, he’ll always have love for Houston and the Rockets.

A new owner creates uncertainty. Will Tilman Fertitta stick with general manager Daryl Morey, who has enlisted Harden as a partner in team-building? Will Fertitta spend as much as Leslie Alexander did to build good teams around Harden?

But Harden and the Rockets have shown major commitment to each other. Among players so young, perhaps only Kawhi Leonard (Spurs) is more likely to spend the rest of his career with the same franchise.