In a shocking turn of events, the Oklahoma City Thunder have traded star guard James Harden after a final offer of four years, $53-$54 million wasn't enough to get Harden to re-sign with the Thunder, according to Yahoo Sports' Adrian Wojnarowski.
Harden, who will be a restricted free agent this upcoming summer, had been in negotiations on a contract extension with the Thunder, but the small market team had to watch their money since they'd already extended Kevin Durant, Serge Ibaka and Russell Westbrook. Harden is seen as a max-level talent across the league and apparently will get that in Houston. Wojnarowski tweeted that Houston plans to give Harden a four-year, $60 million extension once the deal is completed.
The Thunder have now broken up their young star trio of Durant, Westbrook and Harden, possibly altering the top of the Western Conference just days before the opening of the regular season. In return, the Thunder received Kevin Martin, Jeremy Lamb, two 2013 first-round draft picks (from Dallas and Toronto) and a 2013 second-round pick via Charlotte from Houston.