I for one, am tired of hearing how the Thunder shouldn't have traded Harden for what Houston gave them.
1). OKC has three major contracts in Durant, Westbrook and Ibaka making it impossible for the team to offer Harden what he would have been offered on the open market at the end of this season. He would have walked and the Thunder would have gotten nothing in return.
2) Kevin Martin has a 12 million dollar expiring contract. 12 million brings some decent role players to add to the mix (their roster) next year or one or two talented need players.
3). Draft picks will be big for the future needs of this Thunder team; greater bench or trade value. Jeremy Lamb project may develope into something.
4). Commentators act like Westbrook injury could have been predicted. Even with Harden, I would like to see Vegas odds of Thunder/Heat finals minus Westbrook. Slim chance! Harden doesn't mature while Westbrook and his massive ego are together on the same team. With Houston he was able to spread his wings. Two play makers are all you need (Durant/Westbrook). K. Martin helps spread the court out while Durant and Westbrook drive and kick out. Heat won last year on packing the paint on Durant, Westbrook and yes ....Harden.
Ibaka contract may have been OKC's big past mistake. Time will tell if they can find a rookie center to replace Perkins or maybe trade for help.
Both teams benefited in the Harden trade.
I know the Rockets will battle OKC next year without fear....and we wont fear the Heat either!! Would the Harden-less Rockets fear the 2013-14 Thunder if the trade was not made....maybe; but the 2013-14 Thunder would be Harden-less also (without K Marts expiring contract, Jeremy Lamb, and future picks).
Agree or disagree?