The Oklahoma City Thunder have agreed to trade James Harden to the Houston Rockets for Kevin Martin, Jeremy Lamb, and several draft picks.
Yahoo! Sports’ Adrian Wojnarowski first reported the news and says the trade comes after the Thunder and Harden were unable to agree on a contract extension. The two sides were days away from the deadline for 2009 draft picks to sign an extension. Talks reportedly broke down after Harden rejected a four-year, $52 million extension offer. He is likely seeking the maximum four-year, $60 million offer he can receive as a restricted free agent next summer.
Both Wojnarowski and The Oklahoman’s Darnell Mayberry report that Cole Aldrich, Lazar Haywood, and Daequan Cook are headed to Houston along with Harden in the deal. The Rockets are sending Martin and Lamb as well as several picks in return.
The Thunder are receiving two protected first-round picks (from Toronto and Dallas) in 2013, as well as a second-round pick in 2013.
Harden is the reigning Sixth Man of the Year. He has improved in ever statistical category each of his three years in the league and will likely develop into an All-Star in Houston.
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