Harden Rockets Out Of Oklahoma

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James Harden at a press confrence while with the Oklahoma Thunder

Jasarad Halmurad, Staff Writer

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Will the Oklahoma City Thunder ever be the same after losing such a valuable player in their starting lineup? The Thunder traded James Harden to the Houston Rockets on October 28th for a shocking $80 million deal for five years. Although the Thunder received phenomenal rookies such as Jeremy Lamb, Kevin Martin and future draft pick considerations, Thunder fans aren’t sure if the team can make it to the NBA finals again for a second season in a row.

As Harden’s contract with the Oklahoma City Thunder was approaching its expiry date, Houston was highly interested in signing him to their roster. Once the Thunder realized that losing Harden could affect their NBA playoff run, they offered him $53 million for four years to renew his contract. Houston knew that signing Harden would help them achieve a better season and offered him $80 million for four years—an offer he could not refuse.

Oklahoma’s fans are expecting so much from them this year. Letting go of an outstanding player like James Harden was a tragedy. Although Oklahoma City lost an important part of their starting lineup, they seem to be doing fine without him. They’re maintaining their position at the top of their league and hopefully go for another playoff run. And as for James Harden, he definitely seems to be enjoying his $80 million.

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