Ahead of Oklahoma City-Houston trade, James Harden claims he was rushed for a decision
BY JOHN ROHDE NewsOK.com
Wednesday, November 07, 2012
11/07/12 at 9:06 AM
OKLAHOMA CITY - Former Thunder sixth man James Harden told Yahoo! Sports he was surprised to be given only one hour to decide whether to accept a four-year, $54-million offer to stay with OKC.
“After everything we established — everything we had done — you give me an hour?” Harden said Monday afternoon. “This was one of the biggest decisions of my life. I wanted to go home and pray about it. It hurt me. It hurt.”
Asked if additional time might have caused him to accept the deal, Harden responded: “Who knows? Another day, who knows what another day would've done?”
After four months of talks about a new deal for Harden, an impending restricted free agent, Oklahoma City traded him to the Houston Rockets along with center Cole Aldrich, forward Lazar Hayward and guard Daequan Cook in exchange for guard Kevin Martin, rookie Jeremy Lamb, two first-round draft picks and a second-rounder. Harden wound up signing a five-year, $80-million deal with the Rockets just hours before the Oct. 31 deadline.
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Former Thunder sixth man James Harden recently signed a five-year, $80-million deal with the Houston Rockets