The Oklahoma City Thunder have one big task remaining this offseason: reach an agreement with James Harden on a contract extension.
The Thunder already locked up Serge Ibaka for the next four years and Harden is up next on the to-do list. Kevin Durant has not been of any influence with the extension talk so far.
“I want James to be here with us, of course,” Durant told ESPN.com. “He’s one of my closest friends. Hopefully it works out, that’s all I can say.
“I haven’t asked [Thunder GM] Sam [Presti] about anything and I haven’t asked James about anything. I’m just going to let that take care of itself, be the best teammate I can be and hopefully by the time camp starts we have him locked up.”
Durant has been busy this summer playing in the Olympics and now also dealing with the release of his new movie, ‘Thunderstruck.’ Even if he had spoken with Harden or Presti, it is unlikely he would have provided us with any details.
Durant has said before that he thinks Harden will remain in OKC, tweeting once “He not hittin the market.” He also backtracked on that confident stance once saying, “I may be wrong, I don’t sign contracts, I don’t negotiate contracts.”
Training camp starts Sept. 29 so there is still a good amount of time until then for Harden and the Thunder to reach an agreement. It would be nice to get a deal done before the start of the season. We saw contract negotiations possibly having an effect on Russell Westbrook last season when he started off the year very slowly.