Oklahoma City Thunder: Could James Harden Leave If Money's Not Right?

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Oklahoma City Thunder: Could James Harden Leave If Money's Not Right?
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James Harden's future is unknown.

Could James Harden leave the Oklahoma City Thunder if the money isn't right? In a word, yes.

The situation of should he stay or should he leave, is very uncomplicated.

The 2012 Sixth Man of the Year needs to decide what is more important, money, or being part of a team that's a perennial favorite to win the championship in the foreseeable future.

It appears that Harden won't be able to have his cake and eat it too. Meaning, he likely won't get a hefty extension and get to stay with the Thunder.

With Kevin Durant, Russell Westbrook and Serge Ibaka signed to long-term deals, Harden's impending contract negotiation will be difficult to navigate.

This is usually the moment where the 'business' side of sports rears its ugly head.

Remember the Lamar Odom situation that played out after Odom won the 2011 Sixth Man of the Year with the Los Angeles Lakers?

Not to compare Odom's circumstances to Harden's, but we could be looking at two consecutive players to have won the Sixth Man of the Year award, and then leave town.

Winning this award apparently brands you as being way too talented to be just another bench player, but not quite worthy of warranting that max contract.

It's almost like this award is given out to satisfy the recipient's ego, but not their pockets.

Let's take a look at why Harden will leave OKC if the money isn't right. 

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