Thunder Trades James Harden to Rockets in Multi-player Deal

By Chris Stuckey

Oklahoma City Thunder G James Harden has officially been dealt to the Houston Rockets in what can only be described as a blockbuster deal with odd timing. The news of the trade was broken by Yahoo! Sports’ Adrian Wojnarowski when the sports world had their eyes on a Notre Dame upset of Oklahoma and I was watching Grosse Pointe Blank.

Let’s get to the particulars of the deal. The Rockets sent Kevin Martin, Jeremy Lamb and future picks to the Thunder for Harden, Cole Aldridge, Lazar Hayward and Daequan Cook.

OKC and Harden had been in contract talks but never made any significant progress. After Harden rejected a four-year offer worth around $54 million, GM Sam Presti went work and dealt last year’s Sixth Man of the Year.

This deal has the potential to work out well for both squads. Harden gets the opportunity to be the star instead of playing in the shadow of both Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook. Kevin Martin gets a fresh start in OKC.  Martin had been a disappointment for the Rockets after showing promise in Sacramento.

So, who is the winner of this trade? It’s hard to say at the moment but I have to give props to Presti for ensuring that Harden wasn’t able to walk and leave the Thunder empty handed.

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