James Harden Reportedly Rejects 4-Year Deal With Thunder

October 27th, 2012 by Mike Shiekman Leave a reply »
The Oklahoma City Thunder are trying to ink James Harden long-term before Wednesday’s deadline, but their offer hasn’t been to the bearded one's liking.

Yahoo Sports’ Adrian Wojnarowski reports that Harden recently rejected a four-year $52 million deal, according to league sources.

The reigning NBA Sixth Man of the Year has been holding out for a max contract, which would be around $60 million over four years. He and Thunder GM Sam Presti have been engaged in talks for several weeks.

Harden and other players from the 2009 draft class have to sign extensions by this Wednesday, or they will become restricted free agents on July 1, 2013.

Presti has a dilemma on his hands regarding Harden’s future and the long-term flexibility of the franchise. If he signs Harden for max money, most of the Thunder’s salary will be split amongst their core four: Harden, Russell Westbrook, Kevin Durant and Serge Ibaka.

Ibaka just got extended in the ballpark of four years and $50 million.The OKC front office must be thinking they can get away the same deal for Harden. 

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