James Harden will be returning to Houston for the 2015-16 season.
The Rockets announced Friday that the guard, the NBA’s Most Valuable Player last season, will join the team for the first time in more than two years.
The move will allow Harden to rejoin his former team after a tumultuous time in Houston.
The 26-year-old forward had been playing with the Phoenix Suns and Charlotte Hornets, and had a brief stay with the Milwaukee Bucks.
Harden averaged 24.3 points, 10.2 rebounds and 5.1 assists last season.
He was traded to the Rockets for a second-round pick in 2015.
“We feel very fortunate that James has decided to return,” said Rockets president Leslie Alexander.
“He’s had a tremendous career, but we’re looking forward to welcoming him to Houston.”
Harden will play his second season with the Rockets, joining his former teammates who helped propel the franchise to a championship in 2013.
The 6-foot-10 guard played for the Rockets from 2008 to 2011.
He averaged 17.9 points and 7.8 rebounds for Houston.
Harden has never missed a game in his NBA career.
Harden was a member of the Rockets’ 2013 championship team that lost in the Western Conference Finals to the Spurs.
The 27-yearold averaged 20.8 points and 6.3 rebounds in his two seasons with the team.
Harden also appeared in the 2014 NBA All-Star Game and appeared in all 16 regular-season games for the Warriors in 2016-17.