James Harden is now a member of the Houston Rockets.
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Daryl Morey is at it again. Clearly over his Pau Gasol debacle, Morey has countered, and made a blockbuster move to acquire James Harden from the Oklahoma City Thunder, first reported by Darnell Maybury of The Oklahoman.
In return, the Thunder will receiver professional scorer Kevin Martin, promising rookie Jeremy Lamb, two first, and one second round pick from the Houston Rockets, according to Yahoo! Sports’ Adrian Wojnarowski. It was widely reported that the Thunder and Harden had been struggling to come to terms on an extension, and this definitely solidifies that report. It is unclear at this point what other players are heading Houston’s way along with Harden in order to match salaries, but Daquean Cook, and Cole Aldrich are rumored to be possible pieces moving the Rockets way.
In my mind, the Thunder just hand-delivered the Western Conference to the Los Angeles Lakers, as the time it will take these new pieces to gel definitely will give the advantage to the Lakers. It seems like two main things factored into this decision: a move for the future for OKC, who must really love Lamb’s game, and the realization that Harden was heading out the door.
If that is the case, I suppose the Thunder could’ve done much worse, and wanted to grab the situation by the horns before it turned into a Carmelo Anthony or Dwight Howard situation with an obviously disgruntled star, thus decreasing the value you can get on the open market. Quite simply, this is a sudden, and shocking move, especially so close to the start of the regular season, but OKC is probably figuring better sooner rather than later.
However, this move makes the West the Lakers to lose, if it wasn’t already.
By: Frank Santos- Sports-Kings Assistant Site Manager