I know I just raved about rather having Harden than Iguodala in the long run, but if this trade were to present itself, I don't know if Sam Presti could turn it down:
Thunder receive: Monta Ellis, Al Thornton
Warriors receive: James Harden, Cole Aldrich, Byron Mullens, Robert Vaden, 2012 Draft Pick
Like Iguodala, Monta Ellis has been the subject of a lot of trade gossip. Many believe the pick of Klay Thompson in the draft was proof that Ellis is going to be out of town as soon as the lockout ends. This would allow Thompson to move into the starting line-up alongside Stephen Curry.
But is Thompson ready for the spotlight already? Wouldn't the Warriors love the idea of getting James Harden to start in the backcourt with his fellow 2009 draft pick? This would give Thompson time to develop, and he'd still get ample playing time as the back-up shooting guard.
The Warriors are also in need of some serious front-court depth. Aldrich is a good addition to the Warriors' line-up. Not to mention, they'd be getting another draft pick to do anything they want with in a stock-piled 2012 draft and another big man project in Byron Mullens.
They may want more for Ellis, such as a big man to start next to David Lee, but if they're just looking to start fresh, Harden is a great piece to pick up. They can always pick up a veteran big man in free agency.
For the Thunder, the departure of James Harden would be sad, but can you imagine Westbrook, Ellis, and Durant playing at the same time? How would opposing teams guard that?
Harden may turn out to be a superior defender, but Ellis is pretty underrated when it comes to defense. Last year he averaged 2.1 steals per game. For all those ragging on Monta's defense, there's no arguing with that stat.
The Thunder would take on Al Thornton in the deal as well, and he would fit the need of a solid back-up for Kevin Durant. This would allow the Thunder to play Thabo Sefolosha only in spot situations as a defensive specialist.
The Warriors may never accept this deal, they may get greedy, but in the end, this isn't a bad deal for either team.
With Ellis in OKC, the Thunder would have to be the automatic favorite to win the West for years to come.