Thunder's Kendrick Perkins on James Harden's deal: 'We're getting close'

Deadline approaching for OKC to work out an extension for its Sixth Man of the Year.
by Darnell Mayberry Published: September 12, 2012

“Once James gets here, it's nothing to be said,” Perkins said. “He'll see his family and that's all he needs. So once he sees everybody's faces, that's enough said.”

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.”

by Darnell Mayberry
OKC Thunder Senior Reporter
Darnell Mayberry grew up in Langston, Okla. and is now in his third stint in the Sooner state. After a year and a half at Bishop McGuinness High, he finished his prep years in Falls Church, Va., before graduating from Norfolk State University in...
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