James Harden is not planning to go anywhere
The reigning Sixth Man of the Year James Harden is not planning to come off of any team’s bench except the Oklahoma City Thunder’s bench.
In his third season as a Thunder, Harden averaged 16.8 points, 4.1 rebounds and 3.7 assists coming off the bench and proved to be a key piece in the Thunder’s quest for their first title.
Harden has told the media that he loves everything about this franchise, and has told his agent that he is most likely to sign an extension as talks continue with GM Sam Presti.
“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.”
The Thunder organization have already signed long-term deals with two of their top players in 23-year-old superstars Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook. They are considered to be two of the most exciting players in the NBA today, and the Thunder know if they can re-sign Harden, Serge Ibaka and Eric Maynor, they could possibly build a dynasty in the Western Conference.
Many Thunder fans, however, fear that the organization will not have the money or cap space to re-sign these young players, and at the same time make other key signings in their effort for a title.
Harden has expressed that this team is like a “family,” and if it took a pay cut on his part to keep them together, he would do it.
“This team is like a family,” Harden said. “Like, we’re really brothers. We hang out most of the time every single day. You won’t find any other team like this. I love it here.”
On July 1, Ibaka and Maynor will become unrestricted free agents, but so far it looks like they won’t be for too long. Signing Harden to an extension and keeping him here with this nucleus is the right direction for the franchise.
The Thunder could be an explosive team for years to come, as the rest of the Western Conference will soon have to play catch up to these new kids on the block.
“This is something special here,” Harden said. “A dynasty is being built here. So we’re winning, we’re having fun and we’re brothers. The other stuff, you can’t buy it.”