Harden Wanted More Time For OKC Contract Decision
Reflecting back on his trade from the Oklahoma City Thunder, James Harden is disappointed that his former team’s front office only gave him one hour to consider their final offer of a four-year, $54 million contract.
“After everything we established – everything we had done – you give me an hour?” Harden told Yahoo! Sports on Monday afternoon. “This was one of the biggest decisions of my life. I wanted to go home and pray about it. It hurt me. It hurt.”
Harden is unsure if extra time would have led him to accepting the offer rather than end up traded to the Houston Rockets.
“Who knows? Another day, who knows what another day would’ve done?”
The Rockets had been pushing to complete the trade by Friday, but the Thunder wanted to present a final offer to Harden with a 60-minute window.
“I think they valued my talent there,” Harden said. “They built me there: my work ethic, my body. They changed my life. I think they know how good I can be.”