James Harden traded to the Rockets

The Thunder have traded James Harden to the Rockets

10/27/12 in NBA   |   Pat   |   5229 respect

Oct 23, 2012; Chicago, IL, USA; Oklahoma City Thunder shooting guard James Harden (13) dribbles the ball against the Chicago Bulls during the first half at the United Center. Mandatory Credit: Mike DiNovo-US PRESSWIREEveryone has been wondering how the Oklahoma City Thunder would be financially able to keep together their "Big 3" of Kevin Durant, Russell Westbrook and James Harden.

The answer is that they won't.

After failing to come to an agreement on an extension for Harden, the Thunder have traded him to the Houston Rockets.

The Thunder are also sending Cole Aldrich, Lazar Hayward, and Daequan Cook to Houston, in return for Kevin Martin, Jeremy Lamb, two 1st round picks and a 2nd rounder.

Harden averaged 16.8 points last year for OKC, along with 4.1 rebounds and 3.7 assists.

Martin averaged 17.1 points, 2.7 rebounds and 2.8 assists for the Rockets.

On paper, this appears to be a solid deal for the Thunder. They weren't going to be able to keep Harden anyway, and Martin can provide some scoring for them. Throw in Lamb and the draft picks, and this looks like the Thunder got quite a steal.

What do you think of this trade? Did the Thunder do the right thing?
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10/28/12   |   PurrsAlot   |   1604 respect

genobibb007 wrote:
That move was strictly business because of Harden's apparent arrogance and the fact that Thunder can't afford they money, due to the cap, the Thunder offered Harden a nice 5 year deal in which was turned down, I am sure his agent had a lot to do with that. Instead of getting into a drawn out negotiation that could have had an effect on the team, the Thunder decided to nip it in the bud before the season starts. It is Harden's loss as far as being on a potential championship team, he may get the big money contract in Houston, but I don't think the Rockets have a chance at winning a world championship any time soon

Well, after all, it is a business.  

10/28/12   |   genobibb007   |   18133 respect

That move was strictly business because of Harden's apparent arrogance and the fact that Thunder can't afford they money, due to the cap, the Thunder offered Harden a nice 5 year deal in which was turned down, I am sure his agent had a lot to do with that. Instead of getting into a drawn out negotiation that could have had an effect on the team, the Thunder decided to nip it in the bud before the season starts. It is Harden's loss as far as being on a potential championship team, he may get the big money contract in Houston, but I don't think the Rockets have a chance at winning a world championship any time soon

10/28/12   |   NittanyJon   |   244 respect

Paging James Harden....Paging James Harden...Now that you're a Houstonian, you might consider trimming an inch or two off the beard. The look does not play well in a Red (Rocket) state. 

10/28/12   |   PurrsAlot   |   1604 respect

one less problem for the Lakers off their bench.  Happy for Kevin McHale and the Rockets.  I think he will thrive there.

10/28/12   |   Scott   |   51919 respect

Personally, I would've kept Harden for this year and made one last run at a NBA title.  However, you can't really fault the Thunder for making the deal now given the haul they received in return.