Can we all stop sniping James Harden?
When Harden was traded to the Rockets late Saturday night, the very active Twitter volcano immediately erupted. Commentary spanned from classy “good luck” wishes to irrational accusations of backstabbing. And frankly, it’s outlandishly unfair, mainly because criticisms that label Harden as “greedy” or “selfish” or “uncommitted to winning” are either totally erroneous or factually inaccurate.
The leading, circulating fallacy about this trade is that Harden turned down a difference of “only” $4.5 million over four years (the Thunder reportedly offered him $55.5 million over four years, $4.5 million below the max). But sorry, that’s wrong and here’s why.
While the Thunder did choose Kevin Martin's aversion to defense, Jeremy Lamb and picks-a-plenty over paying Harden $4.5 million more over the next four years, the reverse does not hold true. Harden couldn’t sign for a fifth year with the Thunder, but will You've reached the end of our free article preview.
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