Immediately after the trade between the Oklahoma City Thunder and Houston Rockets, which dealt Sixth Man of the Year James Harden to Houston, Thunder players reacted on twitter. Kevin Durant and Eric Maynor each posted on simple word: “wow.”
— Kevin Durant (@KDTrey5)October 28, 2012
— Eric Maynor (@EMaynor3) October 28, 2012
Wow. That pretty much sums up the reactions of basketball fans and players everywhere after hearing about the deal. Harden played lackluster in the NBA Finals last season, and really put the pressure on Durant and fellow All-Star Russell Westbrook to carry the offensive burden. But the trio, or “big three” as it’s called nowadays, has been together since the 2009-2010 season, and developed a bond amongst them. Harden seemed to fit perfectly into his role in OKC’s offense, but the Thunder front office could not give him the max deal that he coveted.
Players from teams not affected by the deal also voiced their opinions on social media. LeBron James said that he “figured something would happen with that [contract] situation, but not this fast.” He added that he wishes Harden, who he calls his “little bro/homie,” the best of luck in Houston. Dwyane Wade said he was shocked, but still believes that the Thunder are the best in the Western Conference.
LeBron & Wade said today they were stunned by Harden trade. But Wade says OKC still best in West.
— Brian Windhorst (@WindhorstESPN) October 28, 2012
Ty Lawson said that he was stunned by the deal.
I kno I’m late… But I can’t believe the thunder traded harden
— Ty Lawson (@TyLawson3) October 28, 2012
Players from the Rockets, such as Jeremy Lin and Chandler Parsons (whose initial tweet was “Beard me”) also took to Twitter to formally welcome Harden, along with Cole Aldrich, Lazar Haywood, and Daequan Cook.
Really sad to see Kmart and JLamb go…both class acts and great teammates. Welcome Harden, Cook, Aldrich and Hayward to Houston!!
— Jeremy Lin (@JLin7) October 28, 2012
Understandably, the Rockets are happier than the Thunder now, but at the end of the season the Thunder will likely have more to celebrate than Houston.