Posted October 28, 2012

Report: James Harden traded to the Houston Rockets

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The Thunder traded All-Star guard James Harden to the Houston Rockets for several players, picks and cash. (Layne Murdoch/Getty Images)

The Oklahoma City Thunder traded All-Star guard James Harden to the Houston Rockets Saturday night, reports Yahoo! Sports.

The Rockets in turn sent guards Kevin Martin, Jeremy Lamb and future draft considerations to Oklahoma City for Harden. The Thunder will send center Cole Aldridge, forward Lazr Hayward and guard Daquan Cook to the Rockets.

Houston will also send two 2013 first-round picks  (from Dallas and Toronto) to the Thunder.

Sources say that the Thunder and Harden were not able to reach an extension and Thunder general manager Sam Presti moved quickly to trade him.

“We wanted to sign James to an extension, but at the end of the day, these situations have to work for all those involved. Our ownership group again showed their commitment to the organization with several significant offers,” Presti said in a statement. “We were unable to reach a mutual agreement, and therefore executed a trade that capitalized on the opportunity to bring in a player of Kevin’s caliber, a young talent like Jeremy and draft picks, which will be important to our organizational goal of a sustainable team. We appreciate James, Cole, Daequan and Lazar’s contributions to the Thunder organization and this community and wish them the best in the future.”

Harden, last season’s NBA Sixth Man of the Year, recently turned down a four-year offer worth about $52 million. Harden had been asking for a maximum contract worth $60 million.


4 comments
Joe15
Joe15

The way Harden has been playing in the preseason, along with his play in the Finals, didn't merit an annual salary of $15 million. Presti is the best GM in the NBA, and he proved why with another outstanding move, today.

FedorGaponenko
FedorGaponenko

I don't remember Harden being an All Star, so get your facts straight SI. Also the trade in no way pushes OKC out of contention. Sure they lost a 6th man, but they gained a very solid SG and I high potential rookie.. As far as I remember Harden pulled a disappearing act most of the playoffs, KD and Russ carried the load, it'll be nice to have bench players who can shoot the ball and not try to be a big 3

WillFerneau
WillFerneau

He was completely ineffective against the Heat and the 2 first round picks are like gold... Good move OKC!

EugeneSaxe
EugeneSaxe

Well that was quick.  And so much for OKC being willing to pay the tax as long as they were contenders.