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With contract talks failed between James Harden and the Oklahoma City Thunder, the team has decided to trade the shooting guard to the Houston Rockets, according to Yahoo! Sports Adrian Wojnarowski.
Harden was dealt in a six-player trade. The Thunder also sent off Daequan Cook, Lazar Hayward and Cole Aldrich to Houston in the trade with the Rockets sending off Jeremy Lamb, Kevin Martin along with two first round picks and one second-round draft pick to Oklahoma City.
Harden and the Thunder were unable to come to an agreement on a contract extension, as it went to the last straw when he denied one for $52 million for four years. With that being as high as they can and knowing Harden won’t stay longer, Oklahoma City agreed to break up their Big Three trio with him, Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook.
This must be big news coming to Durant and Westbrook, as I’m sure they are deeply hurt by the latest news knowing they are losing a best friend. But they have some quick scoring options coming in like Martin, who’s known to be a solid one and good shooter. Lamb is a good guard with a lot of high potential being a rookie, and he could eventually end up replacing the Beard.
As for the Rockets, they get the upside in this deal, as Harden will be the focal point of this team. The reigning Sixth Man of the Year will no longer be coming off the bench, as he creates a dangerous, young backcourt with star point guard Jeremy Lin. Lin must be a happy man having more pieces in to help this young franchise get back to the top.
Cook, Hayward and Aldrich are great pieces for the bench who will be solid role players. OKC went as much to push the deal up in the $53-$54 million range. With that being another rejection, Thunder GM Sam Presti moved quickly to send Harden off. Yahoo! Sports says that the Rockets will likely give Harden a deal for $60 million over four years, making him the Rockets’ man.
It looks like the 23-year-old will be having fun now taking over the starting position now. The four-year pro averaged 17 points last season for the Thunder off the bench, helping OKC make it to the NBA Finals and finishing as the runner-ups.
Expect a big season from Harden this year. Look to see him scoring in the range of up to 25-26 points per game now. Honestly, I didn’t see this trade coming. Huge deal that came down on a Saturday night to end a crazy day in sports.
Now in Houston, people need to really fear the beard now.
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