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Craig Humphreys From the Sports Animal in Oklahoma City Discusses the James Harden Trade

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James Harden thinks he is a max contract guy, and the Oklahoma City Thunder weren’t going to oblige.  Thunder general manager Sam Presti was willing to make ‘the beard’ a very rich man, but not at the risk of violating the leagues’ ‘luxury tax’ rule.

On Saturday, the Thunder sent Harden to Houston for Kevin Martin, Jeremy Lamb, two first round picks, and a second round pick.  Houston also got Cole Aldrich, Lazar Hayward, and Daequan Cook from OKC.

Houston slashed a lot of payroll in an effort to acquire Dwight Howard in the offseason.  The Rockets are looking to spend money and acquire stars.  Houston snagged Jeremy Lin this summer, and Harden increased his value tenfold by winning the sixth man of the year award in 2011.

Houston believes James Harden is a ‘foundational’ player, and he is eager to prove that is an accurate assessment.

On Monday, the “Sports Spin” caught up with Craig Humphreys, an on-air personality on 98.1 ‘The Sports Animal’ in Oklahoma City.

Humphreys believes Oklahoma City made the right move with Harden.  G.M. Sam Presti isn’t willing to violate his principles to pay a guy what he thinks he deserves.

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