Sunday, July 29, 2012

James Harden: I’m Open to Joining Suns

A flicker of hope for Valley basketball fans:
Former Arizona State star James Harden would consider signing with the Suns if his contract expires after next season.
“Yeah,” he said. “Of course. I love it there. My mom lives there still. So that’s definitely my second home as far as my comfort level and going to school there. But obviously, I’m with the Thunder right now and what we have is special.”
This off-season, the team has a window of opportunity to extend Harden and Serge Ibaka, but league salary-cap restrictions and harsh luxury-tax penalties will make it difficult to sign both. At the least, it would require great sacrifice from the players involved.
If no deal is reached, Harden would become a restricted free agent after next season. A team such as the Suns could then make it hard on Oklahoma City by signing him to a lucrative offer sheet.
“That’s out of my hands,” Harden said. “That’s not my decision. That’s the front office. I’ll let them decide that.”

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