Originally Posted by casmith07
Good trade for OKC, because Harden wasn't going to sign.
While harden is a better athlete and top end talent is better than Martins. I do not thin OKC loses all that much. Martin can score, darws fouls and gets to the line and has a better mid range jumper than Harden. I think harden has better defense even though it is not great defense.
Then they add in a young Lamb who they can groom for a year to fill the void and 3 draft picks which gives them flexibility and may allow them to move up in the draft and nab someone they want.
What people forget about the luxury tax change where it is like a $1.50 per $1 over. There are a few teams that can spend that type of money one being the Knicks but even they are being smart about that which is why they did not match the Lin offer.
The reason they did not wait on a sign in trade in the offseason is they have to take on a salary they do not want. Right now they get Martin for 1 year then he is cleared off the books are maybe he does great for them and he signs a cheap contract. Then again Lamb may blow up and give them their future.
Smart move by OKC I think harden is the least important of the big three.
They still have Westbrook, Durant and Sir Chewbacka not like they are lacking talent.