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James Harden says he'd 'definitely' be with Thunder if money wasn't a question

by Erik Horne Published: April 16, 2014

 

Oklahoma City's Kevin Durant (35) and Houston's James Harden (13) talks during a free throw during the NBA game between the Oklahoma City Thunder and Houston Rockets at the  Chesapeake Energy Arena  in Oklahoma City, Okla., Tuesday, March 11, 2014. Photo by Sarah Phipps, The Oklahoman
Oklahoma City's Kevin Durant (35) and Houston's James Harden (13) talks during a free throw during the NBA game between the Oklahoma City Thunder and Houston Rockets at the Chesapeake Energy Arena in Oklahoma City, Okla., Tuesday, March 11, 2014. Photo by Sarah Phipps, The Oklahoman

James Harden wouldn’t shave his beard for a million dollars. $10 million? That’s another question.

But the former Thunder guard does confess he would have stayed in Oklahoma City had money not been a factor. In this interview with Hannah Storm of ESPN, Harden says if the 5-year, $80-million extension he signed with the Houston Rockets in 2012 wasn’t a factor, he’s still be in Thunder blue.

Storm: If money wasn’t in the equation, do you think you’d still be there?

Harden: Definitely. Definitely, no question.

Storm asks Harden what those final moments were like for Harden when he was deciding whether or not to stay in Oklahoma City.

Harden: “Nervous … mixed emotions … not knowing what to do,” Harden said. “It was tough. I felt like I already made a sacrifice as far as coming off the bench, doing whatever it takes to help the team. They weren’t willing to help me.”

And a lone regret:

Storm: Any regrets from Oklahoma City?

Harden: That we didn’t win a championship.

Pretty candid stuff. Harden’s stated some of this before in a February interview with ESPN, but goes a little deeper this time with his definitive statement. The money matters.

by Erik Horne
Online Sports Editor
Erik Horne joined The Oklahoman as a sports web editor/producer in September 2013, following a five-year stint at The Ardmoreite (Ardmore) – first as a sports writer, then sports editor. At The Ardmoreite, Horne reported on everything from prep...
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