James Harden Trade: Twitter Explodes as Thunder SG Is Dealt to Rockets

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James Harden Trade: Twitter Explodes as Thunder SG Is Dealt to Rockets
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In a shocking blockbuster trade Saturday night, the Oklahoma City Thunder sent reigning Sixth Man of the Year James Harden to the Rockets in exchange for rookie Jeremy Lamb—the 12th overall pick of this year's draft—veteran Kevin Martin and draft picks.

Along with Harden, the Thunder will also send Cole Aldrich, Lazar Hayward and Daequan Cook to Houston.

Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo! Sports was among the first to break the news.

Minutes later, Wojnarowski provided more details on the deal.

As ESPN points out, Harden was the most productive bench scorer in the league last year.

Although the move comes as a surprise, the fact OKC and Harden were struggling to hammer out an extension should have been at least a minor sign. Legion Sports reminds us about the $52 million extension he turned down.

Thunder beat writer Darnell Mayberry, of The Oklahoman, gave us some Twitter insight on GM Sam Presti's thought process. 

 

Miami Heat superstar LeBron James seemed as surprised as the rest of us.

Of course, for the Thunder fans who may be self-loathing over the departure of the Bearded One, SoleCollector.com makes a great point—at least they got something for him. 

ESPN's Chris Palmer isn't discussing the Rockets' addition of Harden, but rather OKC's addition of rookie Jeremy Lamb. While the Thunder may lose some production in the short term, Lamb is a quality prospect who could pay huge dividends in the future.

If you were wondering what superstar Kevin Durant thought of his team's situation, hopefully you weren't expecting a whole lot of insight.

As Scott Souza of the Metro West Daily points out, the Thunder were basically on the other end of the spectrum in a similar situation when they acquired Kendrick Perkins from Boston. 

Following the trade, the Houston Rockets' official Twitter account provided a vid including comments by Rockets GM Daryl Morey. 

Obviously, the Houston Rockets are stocked about the transaction, and Rockets GM Daryl Morey expressed his positive feelings through Twitter. 

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