A James Harden blockbuster could soon strike, and we here at Thunderous Intentions believe the OKC Thunder should take part in the festivities.
For quite some time now, we have advocated for the OKC Thunder to take part in any sort of James Harden trade.
A majority of the time, deals for superstars involve multiple teams to make the money work as well as add on assets that a traditional two-team swap might not be able to.
In the case for Harden, it’ll take a massive exchange in order to make the contracts and assets work, as he is a superstar player/ recently anointed league MVP who is currently only in year-two of his lucrative four-year, $171 million contract.
While many believed a trade could take till perhaps the deadline, as Houston made it abundantly clear they want to make things work, earlier this week, after their double-digit loss to the Los Angeles Lakers, the 8x All-Star threw gallons of gasoline onto the proverbial fire in a post-game press conference, calling out his team for lacking in talent and stated that he doesn’t believe much can be done about it:
“We’re just not good enough. Chemistry, talent-wise, and it was clear, like I said, these last few games,” he continued. “”I love this city. I’ve literally done everything that I can. The situation, it’s crazy. It’s something that I don’t think can be fixed.”
Since this latest fiasco, it has been reported that trade talks have kicked up, especially those involving the Brooklyn Nets and Philadelphia 76ers, according to Adrian Wojnarowski:
Houston’s talks with Sixers and Nets gathered momentum in recent days — even before James Harden’s news conference on Tuesday night, sources tell @ramonashelburne and me.
— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) January 13, 2021
With these talks picking up, we at TI believe it is in OKC’s best interest to try and get involved in negotiations as a third team to make things work and, in turn, to potentially acquire their own share of valuable assets.
Though we’ve already done hypothetical deals in the past involving Brooklyn and Philadelphia, being that they are the two most talked-about teams at the moment in regard to landing the star guard, we thought we could re-enter this mix with two new deals the Thunder might be interested in: