Originally Posted by idfnl
It is a big gamble, but remember, Harden was shit in the finals. I think that had more impact on this decision than a max deal. I believe the GM lost faith. They get 2 SG in return as well as some draft picks.
Its not as bad a deal as many think. Problem for me here is OKC has weakened defensively.
don't really disagree with you, but it's hard to believe they would give up on a 23 yo star for one bad series, especially after he killed it all season to help them get that far. i'd think they'd let him learn from the experience, get better and mature, and have at least one more go.
i actually think the real reason is money. Stern and the owners have tried so hard (with luxury tax and whatnot) to prevent the rise of superstar teams, when actually that's what makes their league so successful and interesting. OKC was projected to be my team's biggest threat, and even i'm disappointed to see them broken up.