Originally written November 02, 2012 on HoopStuff:
Houston Rockets Receive: James Harden, Daquan Cook, Lazar Hayward and Cole Aldrich Oklahoma City Thunder Receive: Kevin Martin, Jeremy Lamb, 2 1st Round Picks and 1 2nd Round Pick Houston Analysis: The Rockets got by far the best player in the trade and a legitimate building block and budding star in James Harden. Harden is only 23 and already one of the best shooting guards in the league and should only get better. He can score at will, create a shot wherever he wants and can distribute like a point guard. He instantly becomes the team’s best player and go-to player on offense. Cook and Hayward are just throw ins who will have little to no impact for the Rockets, but Aldrich could be a welcomed surprise as they need depth at center and he has strong defensive skills. They gave up a lot, but they have been storing assets for two years to make a big trade and they were finally able to do so. Simply, they traded for a potential star and a team cornerstone, which was well worth their t...
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