What the OKC Thunder really got in the James Harden trade

The Thunder hauled in a bunch of assets Saturday.
by Darnell Mayberry Published: October 28, 2012

The Rockets also sent the Thunder a top-20 protected pick via Dallas. This one is much simpler. If the Mavs draft 21-30 anytime from 2013 through 2017, they must convey their selection to the Thunder. Houston got the pick in the Derek Fisher trade with the Lakers. L.A. got the pick when the Mavs acquired Lamar Odom.

Lastly, the Thunder will receive Charlotte's 2013 second-round pick, a selection that for a time belonged to the Thunder but was conveyed to Boston as compensation for the Jeff Green trade dispute. The Celtics sent the pick to Houston to acquire Courtney Lee.

Martin is on an expiring contract, which teams covet when looking to shed salary in trades. And the draft picks, potentially three in the top 31, make for attractive trade bait.

Thunder general manager Sam Presti has built OKC into a power by carefully utilizing the exact same type of parts he netted for Harden.

It's why the Thunder's future looks as bright as ever, even if the present might appear a little murky.


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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