James Harden is no longer eligible for parole.
The former Houston Rockets star will be eligible for a full pardon on Oct. 2, 2018, according to clemency documents obtained by the Houston Chronicle.
Harden will also receive a lifetime achievement award from the NBA.
“James Harden’s parole was granted,” said the clemence application for Oct. 1, 2018.
“As of October 2, 2019, James Harden will be entitled to the full pardon and will be allowed to live out his life as an American.”
The clemences are part of a broader clemencies package that includes the release of more than 100 inmates, including convicted murderers, former gang members, drug dealers, and gang members who have served time for murder or manslaughter.
Harden has been serving his sentence since July 3, 2017, when he was sentenced to seven years in prison for the rape and murder of a woman in North Carolina.
He was released in May 2019 after serving four years in the state prison.
In July 2018, the Houston Rockets traded Harden to the Dallas Mavericks for a second-round draft pick in 2020.
Houston signed Harden to a three-year, $40 million deal in January 2019, but he has been on a lengthy bench this season due to a knee injury.
Harden missed nearly the entire 2018-19 season due a knee sprain.
He played in just 11 games for the Rockets before he was sidelined again.
Harden said on the ESPN broadcast of his release that he was “devastated” and that he is “hopeful” to be back in the NBA by the end of the summer.
“I’ve been through a lot, and I’m very thankful for the support of the fans and all of my teammates, the city of Houston, and everyone that has worked so hard for me,” Harden said.
“The outpouring of support I’ve received has been incredible.
Harden is currently playing for the Houston Texans, the team that drafted him in the second round in 2017. “
And I’m looking forward to the next chapter.”
Harden is currently playing for the Houston Texans, the team that drafted him in the second round in 2017.
He is the only player on the team to have won an MVP award.