At the moment, the last thing Oklahoma City Thunder fans want to contemplate is the possibility of losing reigning Sixth Man of the Year this summer.
A return to OKC still isn't entirely out of the question, and those fans are no doubt reminding themselves of just that on a daily basis. If GM Sam Presti can make it work, you'd certainly think that he would—even if it means trading Kendrick Perkins (and the chunk of change he's owed) in the next year or two.
Of course, the organization may decide that another massive, long-term contract is one too many. Perhaps it will reason that if it is going to spend that kind of money, it won't be on Harden.
There are any number of financial and basketball reasons Presti could go in another direction. If he does, who will pounce on Harden first?
ESPN's Marc Stein has some ideas:
These are interesting scenarios to be sure, albeit for very different reasons—and certainly not the only scenarios.
Here's a look at the best destinations for James Harden in 2013.