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01:29 PM ET 10.29 | Were there teams other than the Houston Rockets that were in on the James Harden derby? A report from Grantland's Zach Lowe suggests that the Toronto Raptors, Golden State Warriors, Utah Jazz and Washington Wizards all at least had "semi-serious" discussions about acquiring the former Oklahoma City Thunder star. Players like Klay Thompson, Jonas Valanciunas, Bradley Beal and Derrick Favors were among those that would have been the centerpieces of any Harden swap.

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October 29, 2012  01:41 PM ET
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OKC will now implode with the loss of Harden

I think they will be fine in the regular season with KMart coming off the bench because team's don't really play defense in the regular season. K-Mart scores...he can score! But in the playoffs that's where they will miss Harden most... KMart's non existent defense will show up.
But it will be good if Manor can play at the level he was before he got hurt. OKC took a huge risk. Hope it works out for them.. but I don't think they will see another finals for a very long time.

They better pray Phil doesn't come back from retirement to coach Lakers... talk of another dynasty.

Phil, Scottie and Mike. Phil lShaq and Kobe. Phil, Kobe and Dwight?

October 29, 2012  01:45 PM ET

Really? Toronto Raptors? Really?

Why would the GM even try? Who were they gonna give in return? Jose?

October 29, 2012  01:47 PM ET
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WTF! Those are better pieces then what Houston traded. I'll take Klay Thompson, Beal, Favors over what Houston gave. That's insane...

Did you purposely leave out Jonas Valanciunas? He is a good player too !

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October 29, 2012  01:52 PM ET
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I think houston is going to be pretty bad this year

I actually think that they will not be so bad. I mean... they have no expectation, they have nothing to lose, Jeremy Lin wants to show the world that he is worth the money; Harden on his contract year(if he does not get extended before the season ends); they have a good big man, good role players. I expect around 35 wins from them

October 29, 2012  02:17 PM ET

Lin will fade to the pack. Ive mentioned it before, when Paul went down a few years ago, Darren Collison stepped up for 25 games or so with the Hornets and had better numbers than Lin during his run. Now Collison is an average PG. Lin earned himself a spot in the league, but he wont match those 25 heady games.....

October 29, 2012  02:17 PM ET

Lin will fade to the pack. Ive mentioned it before, when Paul went down a few years ago, Darren Collison stepped up for 25 games or so with the Hornets and had better numbers than Lin during his run. Now Collison is an average PG. Lin earned himself a spot in the league, but he wont match those 25 heady games.....

October 29, 2012  02:24 PM ET
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WTF! Those are better pieces then what Houston traded. I'll take Klay Thompson, Beal, Favors over what Houston gave. That's insane...

Depends on what else (if anything) was part of the deal.

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October 29, 2012  02:39 PM ET
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who is the good big man?

Must be Asik.

October 29, 2012  02:58 PM ET
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Lin will fade to the pack. Ive mentioned it before, when Paul went down a few years ago, Darren Collison stepped up for 25 games or so with the Hornets and had better numbers than Lin during his run. Now Collison is an average PG. Lin earned himself a spot in the league, but he wont match those 25 heady games.....

But what a golden 25 games they were! When he sings "Glory Days" he'll have something to sing about.

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