James Harden is eligible for a contract extension this summer with the Oklahoma City Thunder. Harden fully expects to get one during the summer.
“They’ll do a pretty good job of working it out,” Harden said. “I’m focused on several other things right now. But when the time is (right), they’ll figure it out and it’ll be done.”
Harden loves it in OKC and calls the team a “family” and his teammates “brothers.” That is what this team is but Harden would likely be taking a little less money to stay in OKC.
Harden won the Sixth Man of the Year award this season and had a breakout season averaging 16.8 points, 4.1 rebounds and 3.7 assist per game. Harden was integral in the Thunder’s playoff run until he starting slumping in the NBA Finals.
But Harden’s poor play in the Finals represented just how important he is to this team. If he even played a little bit better, the Thunder may very well have won the NBA title this season.
The Thunder organization has created something special and Harden knows that as well as anyone.
His personality by all accounts also lends to the fact that he’s be willing to sacrifice some cash to be a part of something special. Harden already understands the idea of sacrifice as he has come off the bench for the past two seasons despite being talented enough to start.
When the Thunder made all of their great draft picks beginning with Kevin Durant in 2007, it wasn’t all based on talent. They found high character guys that would fit together and improve over time.
Sam Presti and the entire Thunder organization have continued to sell that to their players, coaching staff and fans. It will work.
That’s why even though Harden’s future technically is unclear with the Thunder as well as head coach Scott Brooks’, they aren’t going anywhere.