Thunder general manager Sam Presti on Monday reiterated the franchise's desire to keep Harden around long term. But as is becoming the norm, Presti also stressed how the new collective bargaining agreement will force the Thunder to make some tough decisions. It could be a prelude to a deal not coming to fruition and Harden's days in Oklahoma City being numbered.
“James is somebody we value,” Presti said. “We think he's an important part to what we're trying to do with our team, and we're hopeful that he'll be with us. By the same token, we've been very upfront and transparent with everybody that we have some inherent challenges that we face as an organization as a result of the new collective bargaining agreement.
“I know we'd love to have him here. I think James would like to be here as well. But at the end of the day, those situations, you have to find a way to make it work for everybody. We're hopeful that we can do that. But I can't tell you what's going to happen there.”