Originally Posted by jet
fg what was your supa secret exit that you took off the 10 to eventually hit SV and go up from there?
One of these folks might know.
idnfl, I think you're simplifying it a little too much to say that Harden is choosing money over titles. Isn't Presti (or Clay Bennett) guilty of the same thing. Also, it's not like the OKC front office didn't know that this problem was coming. They chose to give large extensions to KD, RW, and even Ibaka. They could've asked all of those guys to take a discount to give them some flexibility. The front office could have even worked out an agreement where the players agree to take a little less and the owners agree to go over the luxury tax line to some degree just to show that everybody had some skin in the game.
In the end, however, the OKC front office put it all on Harden to make all the sacrifices simply because he is the youngest. That's not fair to Harden. There's even a rumor that he would have signed for what OKC was offering if OKC would agree to a trade kicker (where Harden would have to okay any trade that he was a part of) and they said no. It seems to me that Harden gave them a several opportunities to re-sign him if they would only give in a little bit. At every turn they said no, so eventually so did he.