James Harden Trade: OKC sends Harden to Houston in six-player deal

By on Oct 28, 2012 in Basketball, Sports Comments
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James Harden traded to Rockets
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James Harden has been traded by the Oklahoma City Thunder to the Houston Rockets, according to a report by Adrian Wojnarowski at Yahoo! Sports and Darnell Mayberry of the Oklahoman on Sunday, October 28, 2012.

The six-player Harden trade deal was reportedly due to the inability of both sides to agree on the shooting guard’s contract extension. Wojnarowski’s anonymous source said that “Harden rejected a four-year offer that would have paid him a base salary of $53 million to $54 million.”

Reports say that Harden has been pushing for at least a $60 million contract. However, the Thunder was unable to meet the demands of the shooting guard because of maximum contracts given to Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook and the $52 million contract of Serge Ibaka and Kendrick Perkins.

Oklahoma reportedly will be giving up Harden, Cole Aldridge, Lazar Hayward and Daequan Cook in exchange for Houston star Kevin Martin, Jeremy Lamb and future draft picks.

The reigning KIA Sixth Man of the Year will reportedly be given a four-year, $60 million contract by Houston.

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