I didn’t see this move coming, but I understand what Sam Presti (OKC Thunder GM) had to do and I think he made the right move and made the Thunder better.
On Saturday night, the Oklahoma City Thunder traded the reigning Sixth Man of the Year, James Harden (along with center Cole Aldrich and forwards Daequan Cook and Lazar Hayward) to the Houston Rockets for guards Kevin Martin and Jeremy Lamb, two first-round picks and a second-round pick.
The Thunder offered Harden $55.5M over four years; Harden turned it down and was looking for a max contract, so instead of dealing with the situation in midseason before the trade deadline and losing options, the Thunder pulled the trigger on the Houston deal where Harden can get the money he is looking for ($78M over five years).
If I had my choice to sign for 4 years /$55 million to play on a championship contender or 5 years/$78 million to play on a below average team, I would be content with $13.8 million on average a year possibly playing for a championship every season. I’m not knocking Harden for going for the max and more security financially, but how much money do you need? Let see if “The Bearded One” will regret this move in the near future.
Written by AG2