July 16, 2012; Washington, DC, USA; United States forward James Harden (12) stands on the court prior to team USA

James Harden Traded To Division Rivals Houston Rockets

After James Harden turned down many lucrative contract extension offers from the Oklahoma City Thunder, Thunder management decided it was best to trade Harden. As a result Harden was traded to the Houston Rockets saturday night.

The details of the trade have been released and the Rockets have sent Kevin Martin, rookie Jeremy Lamb, 2013 first round picks from the Mavericks & Raptors, and a 2013 2nd round pick from the Charlotte Bobcats. In addition to James Harden the Rockets will be receiving Cole Aldrich, Lazar Hayward, and Daequan Cook.

This trade comes as a big surprise as Harden and the Thunder were both expressing that they were expecting a contract extension to be reached soon. This also make me wonder why Harden turned down the Thunder’s final offer of 4 -years $52 million when the max offer was $60 million. Wouldn’t you be willing to sacrifice $6 million out of $52 for a chance to win MULTIPLE championships?

If you did not already know the Rockets are in the Southwest division with the New Orleans Hornets and these two teams are usually fighting each other for a playoff spot when both are in contention.

Tags: Houston Rockets James Harden Jeremy Lamb Kevin Martin New Orleans Hornets Oklahoma City Thunder Trade

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