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Will Ibaka's OKC deal leave Harden odd man out?

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09:55 AM ET 08.18 | The role of Serge Ibaka's signing and what it means for the future of shooting guard James Harden with the Thunder is still up for debate but it will force Thunder management into thinking long and hard before issuing a deal early. Harden, the 2012 Sixth Man of the Year, is set to become a restricted free agent in the summer of 2013. With Ibaka locked in, has Harden become the odd man out or is he next in line for a new deal? Fast forwarding to the 2014 season, the Thunder will now have $55.3 million in salary commitments to Durant, Westbrook, Ibaka, Kendrick Perkins and Thabo Sefolosha. Keep in mind the salary cap for the 2013 season currently stands at $58 million and it is uncertain if it will increase or decrease in the near future.

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August 18, 2012  09:59 AM ET

Come to Dallas.

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August 18, 2012  10:23 AM ET

Come Home, Bro.

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August 18, 2012  10:32 AM ET
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Come to Florida and reunite with your dad Kimbo!

Mr. T's been asked to submit to a DNA Paternity test.

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August 18, 2012  10:37 AM ET
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Come to Dallas.

In Purple/Gold and spank us...

Spank us real hard!

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August 18, 2012  10:46 AM ET
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Trade him or re-sign him. You didn't really go out on a limb with that answer, lol.

I LOL'd also, but didn't want Dj to spellcheck me!

 
August 18, 2012  10:54 AM ET
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To think Ibaka got 3 million more a year than Duncan despite his resume and averaging 8ppg and 4rpg more in the 2012 postseason....maybe the Thunder are not emulating the Spurs blueprint after all.

And it would have been a wider margin had Timmy signed with any other team. No one was going to give TD that money. At this point it was more of a Duncan/Spurs marriage (thank you) contract!

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