James Harden's journey to the Houston Rockets was unorthodox at best. Fittingly enough, the results following said journey have been unorthodox as well.
Whether or not you agree with the Thunder's decision to move on from Harden is irrelevant, because both teams were able to capitalize off a move that all parties involved arguably had to make.
Let's face it, Jeremy Lin is not cornerstone, so Houston needed a star pillar for the future. And Oklahoma City just needed to cover its financial behind; retaining Harden long term at the price he wanted would have cost the team an arm, a leg and any chance it had at turning a profit in the near future.
Simply put, the Rockets and Thunder did what had to be done.
And were able to make the best of a complex situation in the process.
All stats in this article are accurate as of November 28th, 2012.