Contract talks might be affecting James Harden's play
BY JOHN ROHDE NewsOK.com
Thursday, October 25, 2012
10/25/12 at 4:47 AM
WICHITA, Kan. - At this point, we're all reading tea leaves when it comes to figuring out if Thunder reserve guard James Harden will sign a four-year contract extension by next Wednesday's deadline.
Harden is not saying anything about contract talks. General manager Sam Presti absolutely never says anything about negotiations, or much else concerning personnel matters.
Based on Harden's preseason performance, however, perhaps negotiations are weighing heavily on his mind.
Harden finished with 16 points in Wednesday night's 88-76 victory against the Dallas Mavericks before a record crowd of 15,004 Intrust Bank Arena, but he continued to struggle with the velvet shooting stroke that made him a near-unanimous choice as NBA Sixth Man of the Year last season.
Original Print Headline: Harden struggled in preseason
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Oklahoma City's Kevin Durant dunks the ball against Dallas during Wednesday's preseason game in Wichita, Kan. FERNANDO SALAZAR/The Wichita Eagle/AP