James Harden Traded To The Rockets

By Eli Friedman

Yes, read that headline again. Its correct.

James Harden will be leaving the Oklahoma City Thunder and will be playing for the Houston Rockets now.

This morning, According to Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo! Sports, Harden’s agent Rob Pelinka and Sam Presti have been meeting to discuss a deal before the Oct. 31 deadline.

Harden, 23, recently turned down a four-year offer worth about $52 million, league sources told Yahoo! Sports. Harden, last season’s Sixth Man of the Year, has been pushing for a maximum contract extension of four years, $60 million.


As the Thunder did in Serge Ibaka’s four-year, nearly $50 million contract extension, sources said management will try to sell Harden on incentive clauses that could get his deal closer to the $60 million he wants.

About an hour ago, it became offical. Harden has been traded in a deal that will send Harden, Cole Aldrich, Daequan Cook, and Lazar Hayward to the Rockets. In exchance, the Thunder will recieve Jeremy Lamb from UCONN, Kevin Matin, and future picks.

Well, my knee-jerk reaction was obvouis. Hurtful.

The guy who Oklahoma City fans adore and love is gone. The 2012 Kia 6th man of the year winner, gone. The sidekick of Durant and Westbrook, gone. And his awesome beard, gone.

In detail, this guy will be truly missed. And in theory, if Oklahoma City was a bigger market like New York or Los Angeles, Harden will probably have stayed with Oklahoma City. That’s the fact and mater of it. Players have to take less money to stay with the Thunder. It was a tough move for Sam Presti and the front office and Oklahoma City, and one that is really hurtful.

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