In the wake of Saturday night's James Harden trade from the Oklahoma City Thunder to the Houston Rockets, Welcome to Loud City broke down every element of the trade to Thunder fans as they try to decide how to properly react to losing their third-best player and one of the fan favorites.
Like most fans, Welcome to Loud City's initial reaction was negative. They questioned whether trading Harden now was something the team truly needed to do. They went player by player and said goodbye to Harden, Cole Aldrich and Daequan Cook, remembering them for what they did and could have done for the Thunder.
After it all, Welcome to Loud City came to this conclusion:
But with this deal, everything's done. Harden's gone. The Thunder are still young, with two of the best players in the game locked up for years to come. They've got Jeremy Lamb and Perry Jones to continue to provide chances for improvement. A solid veteran to replace Harden. Another certain lottery pick in the pipeline. The best part of this trade, in my opinion, is that it gives room for the Thunder to grow. They're not stuck where they were. They still have a legitimate shot at a title, and they've opened up the door for future domination.
Though the beard is no longer, it seems like the Thunder faithful have figured out a way to understand this trade and look to the future. But it still remains to be seen if the Thunder, the league's favorite young team, made the right decision or their first mistake as a franchise.