Off the Record (OTR)

James Harden traded to the Rockets

We mentioned before that there was no pending deal between the Oklahoma City Thunder and soon-to-be free agent and reigning Sixth Man of the Year, James Harden. He wanted a max contract and the Thunder were hesitant to give it to him.

So, it seems like the two have resolved their differences. That is, the Thunder has shipped Harden off to the Houston Rockets in a blockbuster deal.

In return, the Thunder get Kevin Martin, rookie Jeremy Lamb and two first-round picks along with a second-round pick. The Rockets also get Cole Alrdich, Daequan Cook and Lazar Hayward from Oklahoma City.

The Thunder couldn’t give Harden a max deal considering the new CBA, which would have punished them severely. The team already gave max contracts to Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook.

It’s a crushing loss for the Thunder, but they didn’t have many other options.

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