Dwyane Wade: James Harden trade to Rockets ‘shocking’
Miami Heat guard Dwyane Wade called the Oklahoma City Thunder’s trade of James Harden to the Houston Rockets “shocking.”
“It was shocking but they made the move they felt was right for them,” Wade said, according to ESPN’s Brian Windhorst.
“It shakes up the West a little bit. I think both team got fair value. I’m not a GM or anything but both teams came out pretty good.”
Wade’s Heat beat the Thunder in five games last season to win the NBA title.
The defending Western Conference champion Thunder stunned much of the NBA world by dealing Harden on Sunday, which broke up Oklahoma City’s young, talented nucleus. In return, the Rockets sent back guards Kevin Martin and Jeremy Lamb, two first-round picks and a second-round pick.
The Thunder and Harden had been unable to come to an agreement on a multi-year extension that would have kept him locked up along with fellow young stars Kevin Durant, Russell Westbrook and Serge Ibaka. The two sides had to agree to a deal by Oct. 31, or Harden would have become a restricted free agent next July.
Harden said Sunday that he expects to sign a long-term extension with the Rockets.
“It happened so fast, it happened very fast,” Harden said. “But this is the position I’m in now. Just have to make the best out of it. I’m with Houston now. I just have to come in here and play hard and win games.”