Saturday , Oct , 27 , 2012 Paul Eide

Harden Spurns OKC’s $52 Million Dollar Offer

James Harden reportedly turned down OKC’s latest contract offer.

HoopsVibe Very Quick Call: Keeping Durant, Westbrook and Harden on OKC is proving extremely difficult.

The bottom line is this- Harden wants a four year, $60 million dollar max contract. But the Thunder are essentially “maxed” out thanks to deals in place for Durant and Westbrook; to pay Harden any more would lead OKC into luxury tax territory.

You can’t blame Harden for wanting to get every cent he is worth. His stock at a player is at an all-time high and if he can’t secure a max deal from OKC, some squad will give it to him on the open market. The significance of Harden turning down the Thunder’s latest four year, $52 million dollar offer is that if the two sides can’t get a deal in place by Halloween it means that Harden automatically becomes a restricted free agent on July 1st. That’s the worst case scenario right now for OKC, but even then, if he signs with another team, OKC still has a chance to match the contract.

If you’re an OKC fan, how upset would you be if your squad doesn’t secure him beyond the upcoming season? Harden is the reigning Sixth Man of the Year and obviously a valuable player, but the skillsets that Kevin Durant and Serge Ibaka bring to the table are even more rare. Finding a scorer off the wing is a lot easier in the NBA than finding a freak like Durant, or an equally freakish yet undersized defensive player like Ibaka are what is going to make this team good into the future. Sure, you want Harden too, but, how upset can you be if of the three players, Harden is the one who gets away?

Besides OKC, the worst case scenario of him leaving is still a year away. If you win the title this year, it could be a moot point come July.

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