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Wow...just imagine how Harden would feel, going from the Western Conference Champions to the worst team in the NBA.Rumors are swirling that the Thunder might be looking to shop James Harden this offseason? Speculation has Harden going to the Bobcats in exchange for their pick in this year's draft. James Harden had a breakout season and led the Thunder to the Finals against the Heat this past season. He was the 6th Man of the Year and was key to the Thunder's success.
The Bobcats had one of the poorest seasons of all-time this past season with a 7-59 record. The Bobcats have the 2nd pick in the draft and analysts have predicted them picking Bradley Beal with this pick. The Thunder have expressed interest in Bradley Beal, according to Bradley himself. The speculated deal would have Beal going to the Thunder in exchange for Harden. This looks like a perfect scenario for the Bobcats. By getting Ben Gordon from the Pistons just a few days ago, the addition of Harden could give them a very good 1-2 punch.
People may think the Thunder are crazy for trading an established player in Harden for a player that could end up being a playoff bust. But, this off-season finance is going to have a big effect on the Thunder's decision. If the Thunder decide to keep Harden, they will have to extend his contract before the July 1st deadline. If OKC were to extend this deal, they would likely end up passing the luxury tax threshold. Being a small market team, this would make it tough for the Thunder to survive. Even with such a great fan base in Oklahoma City, the team might not be able to be successful as a 'business' if they end up the luxury threshold.
Beal definitely has the potential to be as good if not better than Harden if everything falls into place. But for now no one can know for certain. Who do you think this deal benefits most?