James Harden who just recently was traded from the Oklahoma City Thunder to the Houston Rockets, wasted no time at making himself at home by signing a 5year 80million dollar contract. Harden then wasted no time in scoring 37 points and handing out 12 assists in the Rockets win over the Detroit Pistons. The Thunder had offered harden 54 million over 5years prior to trading him to Houston. Apparently he felt he could get a better deal, and for the time being it seems he was correct in his thought. Harden was able to get 26 million more from Houston, who has a better salary cap situation than Oklahoma City does both now and long-term. The thought here however, is as was first thought when the trade happened, the chemistry for the Thunder now becomes very different. Harden was their off the bench spark, as well as their playmaker come crunch time. Someone else is now going to have to step up and provide that spark off the bench that Harden has previously provided for OKC.In Houston, Harden is now being asked to play starter minutes, something he hasn’t been used to in Oklahoma City. So it will bear watching to see if stamina will become a factor for Harden during the course of the season. So did this trade hurt the Thunder more than it helped Houston?
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