Rumor: James Harden Wants Max Extension
It might not seems like big news, but if true, it kind of is: James Harden wants max money, according to ESPN.com.
It’s pretty clear Harden is a max-extension kind of player, but there was a feeling, largely based on his comments, that he might take less to remain with the Thunder.
“This team is like a family,” Harden said in June. “Like, we’re really brothers. We hang out most of the time every single day. You won’t find any other team like this. I love it here.
“This is something special here. A dynasty is being built here. So we’re winning, we’re having fun and we’re brothers. The other stuff, you can’t buy it.”
That could have made it seem Harden would present the Thunder with a little hometown discount, something the organization would definitely appreciate given the future luxury tax implications if Harden were inked to a max deal.
Speaking to reporters Wednesday, Kendrick Perkins indicated that the Thunder are “getting close” to an extension with Harden, but according to reports, that’s not the case. Talks are ongoing and continuing, but a deal certainly isn’t imminent.