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Did The OKC Thunder Do The Right Thing By Trading James Harden?

Submitted by on October 29, 2012 – 10:49 am2 Comments

The young core of the Oklahoma City Thunder that brought them to the NBA Finals last season has lost a member. James Harden has been shipped to the Houston Rockets for Kevin Martin, Jeremy Lamb, two first-round picks and a second round pick. The Rockets also received Cole Aldrich, Daequan Cook, and Lazar Howard.

It’s a somewhat shocking deal considering that Harden helped get the Thunder to the Finals before losing to the Miami Heat. But considering the way that the Thunder’s front office functions in the face of potential contract disputes, it’s not all that surprising. So will the move bode well for the Thunder heading into the new season?

When you take a good look at what the Thunder received for Harden, it may very well have been an awesome deal. Considering that the Rockets will likely hang out in the cellar for the next few years, the draft picks that the Thunder will get should be filled with talent. It will also keep the team young. Not to mention that landing Martin gives you a scorer that should fit right in with his new team. It certainly sucks that the nucleus has been broken up, but when you land lottery pick Jeremy Lamb to pair with an athletic super freak in rookie Perry Jones III, you can’t complain too much.

Honestly, I would have liked to see OKC play it out for one more season before dumping Harden. But they must have seen a deal they couldn’t refuse.

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