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Why the OKC Thunder needs to keep James Harden

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10:45 AM ET 10.18 | We all know the situation the Oklahoma City Thunder and James Harden are in right now. The Thunder have until Oct. 31 to sign Harden to an extension otherwise he will become a restricted free agent after the season, allowing the rest of the league to determine his value. Harden will undoubtedly receive a max-offer sheet, worth around $58 million. That's a little more than the Thunder would like to pay Harden especially under the new CBA, which taxes teams who exceed the salary cap more than ever before. So what is the real dilemma here? Is it worth it for OKC to pay Harden a max salary and the harsh taxes on top of that to keep this core together and probably compete for a title for the next 5-6 years? Or should they let him walk to save money and make themselves a little more flexible down the road in constructing their roster?

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October 18, 2012  07:24 PM ET

Congrats to the Detroit baseball team and their fans................



GO TIGERS !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!





The better team should have won the ALDS...................







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October 19, 2012  09:11 AM ET

Trade or not sign Harden and the team will surely not compete for a title. Perk,Serge,KD & RW is simply not enough to get it done against the Lakers or Miami and probably a lotta other teams.

October 19, 2012  09:44 AM ET
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They should try and trade him for a big that can score in the post...Maybe al Jefferson?If not, sign himCan't worry about $ if you are a contender......Do what it takes to win

I like the way you think... This trade would benefit both teams, but the Jazz would have to throw in a little something extra besides Big Al...

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October 19, 2012  02:12 PM ET

Letting Harden get away would be a mistake...

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