James Harden’s Confidence in New Contract Bodes Well for OKC Thunder Dynasty

October 2nd, 2012 by Stephen Babb Leave a reply »
The Oklahoma City Thunder got one order of business squared away by locking Serge Ibaka up for another four years, but the organization's biggest offseason task remains unfinished.

At least for now.

That Daily Thunder's Royce Young reports that James Harden's long-term contract situation may not be unresolved for much longer—at least so far as Harden's concerned:

Harden on if he thinks a deal will get done before Oct. 31: "Yeah."

— Royce Young (@dailythunder) October 1, 2012 Whether OKC could afford 2012's Sixth Man of the Year has been the lone doubt amidst understandably high hopes for the future, a future that has dynastic potential written all over it. Harden's willingness to accept something less than a max-level extension may have something to do with his optimism.

General manager Sam Presti hadn't sounded especially optimistic about the situation as of late, and you can understand why.

In addition to Ibaka's new deal (worth nearly $50 million), the Thunder also owe Kevin Durant, Russell Westbrook and Kendrick Perkins a ridiculous amount of money. The first of those deals to ...

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