5 NBA Teams that Oklahoma City Thunder could lose James Harden to

9/30/12 in NBA   |   IvanRogers   |   1352 respect

Throughout the offseason deals with other players, Oklahoma City Thunder has reiterated its intentions to extend shooting guard James Harden. But with expensive contract piling up on the book, the Oklahoma City Thunder faces the risk of hitting the salary cap by offering James Harden a contract. Which leaves many wondering is Oklahoma City Thunder can retain their star sixth man of the year for next season.
However, they are plenty other NBA teams who could use a star shooting guard on the roster. Our Top 5 picks for teams who can potentially rope in James Harden are as follows:
1.      Phoenix Suns
The Phoenix Suns missed out on Eric Gordon this summer and apparently their quest for a suitable shooting guard hasn’t reached its end yet. And while the Phoenix Suns are still in the rebuilding phase following Steve Nash’s departure, there are plenty of other talented players James Harden could immediately start alongside such as Michael Beasley, Kendall Marshall and Markieff Morris.
However, this all comes under the realm of possibilities if the Phoenix Suns wait to address the issue at shooting till after the season when James Harden too is available in free agency.
2.      Orlando Magic
The Orlando Magic too are still rebuilding in the post-Dwight Howard era, and James Harden packs enough star power to jumps start the franchise as well as  to lead the scoring when no one else on the current roster qualifies of the caliber to anchor the team. The Orlando Magic fan base could use a new face to cheer on after all the old ones have lost their freshness.
In light of the Dwight Howard blockbuster trade of the summer, the Orlando Magic also have a couple of draft picks in store that can be used to build around James Harden.
3.      Charlotte Bobcats
The woes of Charlotte Bobcats are known to all, especially considering their struggles at shooting guard and James Harden could be the solution. While Gerald Henderson is currently starting at shooting guard, most would regard him as a temporary fix.
Moreover the Charlotte Bobcats aren’t weighed down by luxurious contracts, which means they could offer James Harden a contract during free agency that he has been expecting from the Oklahoma City Thunder.
4.      Dallas Mavericks
The Dallas Mavericks were sent packing in the first round of the last season’s playoffs by the young talent of Oklahoma City Thunder and could use similar changes on their side. The Dallas Mavericks were headed in the right direction this summer by signing Darren Collison, O.J. Mayo and Chris Kaman and adding James Harden to the mix will ease their path to a last championship run with Dirk Nowitzki.
However, the Dallas Mavericks will have to make some room in the budget to accommodate James Harden’s free agent contract.
5.      Memphis Grizzlies
The Memphis Grizzlies are currently far from being a championship team, and the loss of O.J. Mayo has left them with no viable options at the two-guard. Tony Allen is lined-up to start at the position, but his skills qualify him for defensive task rather than working the ball on the offense.
James Harden has shown in the playoffs how he can play on both sides of the ball, and may even add some championship spark to the Memphis Grizzlies.
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