In the deal the Thunder will send James Harden, Lazar Hayward, Cole Aldrich, and Daequan Cook to Houston in exchange for Kevin Martin, Jeremy Lamb, two 1st round draft picks and a second round draft pick.
“We wanted to sign James to an extension, but at the end of the day, these situations have to work for all those involved. Our ownership group again showed their commitment to the organization with several significant offers,” Thunder GM Sam Presti said. “We were unable to reach a mutual agreement, and therefore executed a trade that capitalized on the opportunity to bring in a player of Kevin’s caliber, a young talent like Jeremy and draft picks, which will be important to our organizational goal of a sustainable team. We appreciate James, Cole, Daequan and Lazar’s contributions to the Thunder organization and this community and wish them the best in the future.”
The Suns will now have to try to find their next star through the draft as it seems James Harden will now be nothing but just another opponent. So many rumors surrounded Harden and the Suns this off-season as Harden said Phoenix is his second home in terms of comfort however it ultimately did not materialize to anything. The Suns will now direct their focus to the NBA draft and perhaps make a run at Tyreke Evans this off-season.