Originally written on Fox Sports Southwest  |  Last updated 9/23/14
OKLAHOMA CITY We're only about a week away from talking about James Harden. Again. Seems the Thunder, Harden and his beard will always be connected, and it takes some effort to believe it shouldn't be that way. After all, Harden helped the Thunder to the NBA Finals a season ago, and the general consensus was his absence kept them from making a return trip this year. Oklahoma City owns Toronto's No. 12 pick in the NBA draft on June 27, because of the trade that sent Harden to Houston and Kyle Lowry to Toronto and all the talk is centering around the center. Seems these days, no one likes Kendrick Perkins. Everyone wants him gone. The only thing worse than the press he got during the playoffs is his contract that guarantees him more than 8.4 million this coming year, so it's no surprise more than a few mock drafts have the Thunder taking a big man with their No. 12 pick you've just got to get production from the center, Perkins is not enough, you have to have...
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