The best solution for the Oklahoma City Thunder moving forward is probably without the tail end of their Big Three, James Harden.
Harden has been a wizard off of the bench, scoring just under 20 points per game. He takes some pressure off of the primary scoring options, Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook. Although his effectiveness dwindled as the playoffs wore on, don’t blame Harden.
Oklahoma City had a quest to even make it to the NBA Finals, plowing through the Los Angeles Lakers, Dallas Mavericks and the top-seeded San Antonio Spurs. Those teams have won 10 of the past 13 NBA championships.
Harden will eventually be the odd man out. Although I have personally pushed for Westbrook to be the trade bait, Westbrook brings a superstar presence to the Thunder and coupled with Durant the Thunder have arguably the most potent scoring duo in the NBA.
Not only that, but there is the issue of money. Oklahoma City will have difficulty being able to support the large contracts of their starters, which again suggests the Thunder should trade the 2012 Sixth Man of the Year.
If they manage to find a way to support all of the contracts, of course, that is the best option.
If not, here are three teams that have excellent options to trade the Thunder for James Harden.
Note: The following trades are solely the opinion of the author.