James Harden wasn’t a lock to end up in Houston, as many other teams were in the race.Photo Credit: Creative Commons
Although the James Harden trade came out of left field for most of us outside of NBA front-offices, apparently Harden was on the market long enough for numerous teams to inquire about his availability. As we know now, Harden eventually landed in Houston, but teams such as the Utah Jazz and the Golden State Warriors also were in contact with the Thunder about Harden.
This makes the fact that OKC pulled the trigger so early a little more mysterious. Normally when numerous parties are interested in your product, the common strategy is to play both sides against the middle in order to get the best offer possible. Then again, the Thunder may have done that. and felt that they maximized what they could get for Harden.
Another thing to obviously be curious about is the offers on the table from the teams, as both the Jazz and the Warriors have very intriguing pieces that they...