Oklahoma City's James Harden passes during the Thunder - Grizzlies game Saturday, January 8, 2011 at the Oklahoma City Arena. Photo by Hugh Scott, The Oklahoman
He's the best rebounder in the league and wouldn't come cheap. The asking price, unless the Wolves are willing to just give him away, would start, I repeat, start, at Russell Westbrook. Love said recently that he would love to rejoin Westbrook as teammates in the NBA. And I suppose that's how the talk got started. But I wouldn't read much into it.
On if the Thunder will make a trade or "nifty" move before the deadline:
Nifty is the key word, because I' said in this chat last week that I don't think the core players will be touched. But the Thunder has so many assets that can be packaged for something that I think Presti and Co. will find something enticing. It could be more draft picks, or it could be a young player currently on a small contract. But I can almost guarantee you we won't see a high-dollar, long-term contract coming back this way. The Thunder's payroll structure won't allow for it going forward, especially with new rules of a renegotiated collective bargaining agreement still up in the air.