James Harden Traded: NBA Blockbuster on Saturday Night

James Harden Traded: NBA Blockbuster on Saturday Night

Reports on Saturday night are that the Oklahoma City Thunder made a major deal while their best player, Kevin Durant, was watching his Oklahoma Sooners lose to Notre Dame.

The deal that's been reported by multiple sources has James Harden leaving the Thunder in a trade involving six players and three draft picks. The deal breaks down this way:

To Houston:
James Harden, SG
Cole Aldrich, C
Daequan Cook, G
Lazar Hayward, SF

To Oklahoma City:
Kevin Martin, SG
Jeremy Lamb, G
2 first round picks
1 second round pick

If it was tough to fit Harden into the offense in Oklahoma City with Russell Westbrook and Durant, it will be fascinating to see how Kevin Martin works into their rotation. Martin, who has one year and roughly $13M left on his contract, averaged 17.1 points per game last year. Will he fill Harden's role backing up former-Bulls SG Thabo Sefolosha? Will the Thunder trade Martin during the season?

Also headed to OKC is Lamb, who was the 12th overall pick in the 2012 Draft. He isn't as big as Martin or Sefolosha, but can be lethal when he gets hot.

Kevin Durant's response?

For Houston, Harden likely gets his chance to be a starter in the NBA now. But it's hard to see how Aldrich and Hayward fit into a frontcourt that already includes an overpaid Omer Asik, Terrence Jones (the 18th overall pick in this year's draft), Royce White (the 16th overall pick in this year's draft), Chandler Parsons, Patrick Patterson and Marcus Morris.

Meanwhile, the Chicago Bulls are still negotiating with their free agent-to-be, Taj Gibson.

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