Originally written on Pro Sports Daily  |  Last updated 11/9/14
After coming so close in last season's NBA Finals, the Oklahoma City Thunder aren't ready to start the new season by merely maintaining the status quo. That's why it's not all that surprising that, in an attempt to make an already strong returning team even stronger, the Thunder pulled off a nine-player deal late Saturday with the Houston Rockets, multiple sources reported. The biggest stars of the deal were forward James Harden, who goes to the Rockets, and Kevin Martin and Jeremy Lamb are the highlight players that go from Houston up the road to Oklahoma City. Oklahoma City also sent Cole Aldrich and forwards Daequan Cook and Lazar Hayward to the Rockets. In return, the Rockets also sent the Thunder three draft picks, completing the huge nine-player deal. Harden, who was a member of the U.S. Olympic team that won a gold medal in this summer's London Olympics, averaged nearly 17 points and over 4 rebounds per game last season. He had been seeking a large contract extensio...
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