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Was James Harden "devastated" over trade to Houston?

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02:00 PM ET 10.29 | What happens when you turn down a $52 million contract that a championship contender offers you? Well apparently you get traded to the Houston Rockets for two players, a carton of chocolate milk and a box of crayons. That's what happened to Sixth Man of the Year James Harden, who decided to pass on a $52 million contract from the Oklahoma City Thunder, who then promptly traded him to Houston, a team willing to give him the max contract he wanted in OKC. But The Oklahoman is reporting that on his flight to Houston, Harden said he was "devastated" over being traded.

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October 29, 2012  03:31 PM ET

Can only blame yourself

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October 29, 2012  03:37 PM ET
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It was a good trade for OKC. Harden will regret that he didn't accept less.

why? He gets more money. Its his first big pay cheque. He can always join a conender in his late career

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October 29, 2012  03:55 PM ET
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Shouldn't have called Presti's bluff.

Nope. He pulled the rug right out from underneath Harden.

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October 29, 2012  04:03 PM ET
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So he can be another Eddy Curry and ride the backs of others? His place was in Oklahoma but the dollars got in the way.

Thats life!!! a person must handle his business first.... theres no guarantee OKC will win a championship!!!

October 29, 2012  04:03 PM ET

Miss Sandy is blowing her winds thru Joisey and NY.....bi-och!!!

October 29, 2012  04:04 PM ET
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Somebody is always upset. Either fans and teams are devastated or individual players are devastated like Harden was. When you want to get millions per year annually you have to expect to be treated like a commodity. OKC did what was best for their team and fans. They tried to keep you James but you haggled over a couple of million per year.

SHOWTIME!

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October 29, 2012  04:10 PM ET

His bank account won't be Devastated!
He'll survive.

October 29, 2012  04:32 PM ET
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Nope. He pulled the rug right out from underneath Harden.

That's odd -- how ?

From what I read ... OKC offered $13M / year and Harden's agent said no. Then OKC worked out the Houston trade. (I'm assuming that OKC made it clear to Harden's agent that was the highest they would go.)

October 29, 2012  04:39 PM ET

He's not a max player, and doesn't deserve max money. Good job OKC for running a tight ship.

October 29, 2012  04:41 PM ET

Link to story: http://newsok.com/as-devastated-as-james-harden-might-be-the-former-thunde r-star-is-getting-the-money-he-wanted/article/3723393

October 29, 2012  04:41 PM ET

"a carton of chocolate milk and a box of crayons"


Damn - I think that OKC did a little bit better than that.

October 29, 2012  04:48 PM ET
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That place needs a good scrubbing my friend. Whaddup CREEPER!

I need some Clorox 3!!!

October 29, 2012  04:49 PM ET
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He's not a max player, and doesn't deserve max money. Good job OKC for running a tight ship.

Everyone is happy!!! More media for Harden!

 
October 29, 2012  04:49 PM ET
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"a carton of chocolate milk and a box of crayons" Damn - I think that OKC did a little bit better than that.

Grouho!

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