Thunder Trade James Harden to Houston Rockets

Richard LangfordCorrespondent IOctober 27, 2012

If reports are true, the Oklahoma City Thunder have just shocked the NBA world by trading away reigning Sixth Man of the Year, James Harden. 

Yahoo's Adrian Wojnarowski dishes the jaw-dropping news. 

Oklahoma City has traded James Harden to the Houston Rockets, league sources tell Y! Sports.

— Adrian Wojnarowski (@WojYahooNBA) October 28, 2012

 

UPDATE: Sunday, October 28 at 12:14 a.m. ET by Ian Hanford

According to the Rockets' Twitter feed, the team has confirmed the trade:

Official: @houstonrockets land James Harden in deal with @okcthunder, send Martin, Lamb & picks. Full press release: nba.com/rockets/sites/…

— Houston Rockets (@HoustonRockets) October 28, 2012

 

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UPDATE: Saturday, October 27 at 11:14 p.m. ET by Richard Langford

Well, it is official. The Oklahoman's Darnell Mayberry passed this along. 

The deal has just been officially announced by the Thunder. In a statement, Thunder GM Sam Presti says...

— Darnell Mayberry (@DarnellMayberry) October 28, 2012

Still, stay tuned. This story is not going any where for a while. 

 

UPDATE: Saturday, October 27 at 11 p.m. ET by Richard Langford

More details on this trade are coming quickly to light. Thanks to Mr. Wojnarowski

Along with All-Star guard James Harden, the Thunder will send Cole Aldridge, Lazr Hayward and Daquan Cook to the Rockets, source tells Y!

— Adrian Wojnarowski (@WojYahooNBA) October 28, 2012

Y! Sources: After contract talks break down, OKC trades James Harden to Houston for Kevin Martin, Jeremy Lamb, picks. tinyurl.com/8v5mhag

— Adrian Wojnarowski (@WojYahooNBA) October 28, 2012

So, I think it is safe to assume that Martin and Harden will just slide into the role vacated by the other, but let's wait for the dust to settle, and for something to become official, before breaking this down too much. 

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Wojnarowski is a well-informed and respected NBA reporter. So there is every reason to believe this is legitimate, although that doesn't make it any easier to believe. 

The Thunder made it to the NBA Fianls last year, and Harden was a huge reason why. 

Last season, Harden had the impressive PER of 21.13 as he put up 16.8 points in 31.4 minutes per game, and all while bringing solid defense as well. 

Stay tuned to this juicy story as there are sure to be plenty of details coming available shortly.