Harden, who felt he deserved the league maximum of four years, $60 Million, turned down a four-year, $52 Million extension with Oklahoma City Saturday night.
Houston didn’t waste no time, as they have agreed to meet the All-Star’s wishes by giving him a max deal no later than Wednesday, right before Harden officially becomes a free agent.
In exchange for Kevin Martin, Jeremy Lamb, and two future first-round picks, the Thunder are sending away James Harden, Daequan Cook, Lazar Hayward, and Cole Adrich.
Harden, who only started 7 times, dominated off the bench, averaging 16.8 points and 4.1 rebounds last season, while being one of the key players for OKC in the 2012 NBA Finals.
“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.” Thunder general manager Sam Presti said.
It’s always business and never personal… Right?