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#1 DTIII™

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Posted October 27, 2012 - 11:55 AM

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Harden, 23, recently turned down a four-year offer worth about $52 million, league sources told Yahoo! Sports. Harden, last season's Sixth Man of the Year, has been pushing for a maximum contract extension of four years, $60 million.

Nevertheless, the fact the two sides are still negotiating suggests there could be a deal to be made somewhere between the Thunder's latest offer and Harden's desire for a max contract.

As the Thunder did in Serge Ibaka's four-year, nearly $50 million contract extension, sources said management will try to sell Harden on incentive clauses that could get his deal closer to the $60 million he wants.

Presti and Pelinka have talked frequently in the weeks leading up to Wednesday's midnight deadline, sources said. Pelinka knows Harden will likely command a maximum contract on the open market as a restricted free agent, and has little motivation to settle for much less.

As one league executive with relationships on both sides of the talks said, "You're asking a player to take less money and remain a non-starter. Harden can start and go make more money. …That's a tough sell."

Via Yahoo! Sports


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Posted October 27, 2012 - 11:56 AM

Good!!!

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Posted October 27, 2012 - 12:29 PM

He wants to be a starter somewhere and he should be. With the cap the way it is, that team is gonna lose someone.

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Posted October 27, 2012 - 12:47 PM

Obviously if he can get 60 million there's no reason for him to accept less from OKC, unless he really wants to win. But he's pretty young so I'm sure he just wants his big paycheck. OKC is going to have to come up with the money or they're going to lose one of their core.

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Posted October 27, 2012 - 01:11 PM

James Harden is one of the best players in the national basketball Association, and with all that he is coming off the bench and producing. I am pretty sure if he was with any other team he would be starting. But this is good, he is most likely going to leave, at least I hope.

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Posted October 27, 2012 - 01:16 PM

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Posted October 27, 2012 - 01:43 PM

He fits the Mavericks style very well. Start him at the 2, Mayo at the 3, Dirk at the 4 and the Mavericks would be in good shape.

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Posted October 27, 2012 - 01:44 PM

James Harden is one of the best players in the national basketball Association, and with all that he is coming off the bench and producing. I am pretty sure if he was with any other team he would be starting. But this is good, he is most likely going to leave, at least I hope.

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Posted October 27, 2012 - 01:51 PM

Well I think 13mil a year its about what his worth, he can be a starter and produce good numbers but to me he is def. not a guy I would pay the max especially after he disappeared in the finals.

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Posted October 27, 2012 - 02:02 PM

He fits the Mavericks style very well. Start him at the 2, Mayo at the 3, Dirk at the 4 and the Mavericks would be in good shape.


Did you really just say Mayo at the 3???

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Posted October 27, 2012 - 02:06 PM

You certainly wouldn't play him anywhere else if Harden was in your starting lineup. And he wouldn't be happy coming off the bench.

By default he'd have to be at the 3.

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Posted October 27, 2012 - 02:06 PM

Did you really just say Mayo at the 3???


Yea hes undersized for the 3

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Posted October 27, 2012 - 02:23 PM

You certainly wouldn't play him anywhere else if Harden was in your starting lineup. And he wouldn't be happy coming off the bench.

By default he'd have to be at the 3.

But why not start Harden at the 3?
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Posted October 27, 2012 - 02:35 PM

Idk if OKC pay him the money he want though. They have been having some really low payrolls there whole time being there now and now that there players are getting much better and are expecting money just watch a lot of them leave for starting positions and more money. OKC could easily become a [expletive]ty team soon if they dot pay the money. Thats what happens to team like them. They are really good for a while but dont win a ring then when there player all are prime they can't afford them anymore and the players want to be on a winning team.

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Posted October 27, 2012 - 02:54 PM

All about money. Oh well Harden will wind up like Jeremy Lin did if he keeps this up :laughing: For different reasons entirely.

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Posted October 27, 2012 - 06:21 PM

What?


NBA.

i hate the guy, but he is good, underrated imo.

49FG% and with that he has a PER of 21.28 393P% 58.2 eFG%

Gets to the the line with regularity ranking 10th last season among all players. second among all SG behind kobe. His playmaking ability is also good. avg 3.7 ast last year. putting him six in SG's. players ahead of him are kobe, manu, monta, wade, and JJ.

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