Thunder guards James Harden, Eric Maynor, forward Serge Ibaka, and center Byron Mullens had their fourth year options exercised today, while center Cole Aldrich had his third-year option exercised.
Harden was the third overall pick in the 2009 NBA Draft, and has become an integral part of the Thunder team. His scoring off the bench was a big part of OKC’s run to the Western Conference Finals in 2011.
Ibaka has become a defensive force, and led the 2011 NBA playoffs with 52 blocked shots.
Maynor has become a very good role player, and is fully capable of being a starting point guard in the NBA.
Both Mullens and Aldrich are former first round picks, and appeared in just 31 combined games this past season.
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