Daryl Morey on the James Harden Trade
Rockets GM, Daryl Morey, has never been shy about pursuing big name free agents, but his track record at landing them has been less than stellar. Morey has swung for the fences with Pau Gasol, Dwight Howard, and Chris Paul, but has come up dry every single time.
Morey hopes that he has landed a star with 6th man of the year, James Harden, however. Morey was willing to pay Harden the money that OKC was not with a max contract.
“We think James is a guy we can build our team around,” Rockets general manager Daryl Morey said. “He’s an All-Star caliber player we’ve been looking to add to the team.”
Asked whether Harden and Jeremy Lin could play together, Morey said, “They complement each other very well. You know, James is a guy who is an elite shooter. Jeremy can break people down, find shooters. James is also great in the pick-and-roll. Both are good in transition, which is how we want to play this year.”