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Tuesday, October 30th, 2012 at 9:10 am  |  11 responses

Rockets GM Daryl Morey ‘Shocked’ By Trade for James Harden


Everyone was taken aback by the OKC Thunder trading away 23-year old star James Harden to Houston. Rockets GM Daryl Morey still can’t quite believe he landed the Bearded One: “How surprised were you that a player like Harden was available? Morey: ‘Shocked. I actually can’t come up with any examples of a player of his caliber and age getting traded at the time he was traded – it really has never happened. So we were obviously very aggressive and we gave up a lot – Oklahoma City does a great job; we gave up some great players in Kevin (Martin) and Jeremy (Lamb) and some great draft picks – but a top player like James really never gets traded so we jumped at the chance.’ How does this change the team? Morey: ‘Well I think to win the title you’ve got to have a foundational player and James is that. Simple as that. Now our job is to add another significant player or have one of our young guys develop into an All-Star-caliber player. You probably need two to really be a championship contender. We’re not there yet but we’ve got multiple young players who can take a step forward and we also have max cap room to get it done going forward, so he changes the whole dynamic. Then just on the floor, for offense we’re going to play up-tempo and get a lot of easy baskets that way, but our half-court offense was pretty challenged given our roster (prior to the tarde), and James is probably a top-five in the league talent on offense.’”

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  • shockexchange

    The next article on Morey will say: “Darryl Morey ‘Shocked’ at Being Fired by Houston”

  • biggieman

    I loved James Harden with OKC, I am very interested to see if he is really the superstar that Houston thinks he is or if he just benefited from playing with great players and coming off the bench. My guess is that he is somewhere in between, maybe 21ppg, 5ast, 4reb as a starter… Not quite an all-star.

  • biggieman

    I loved James Harden with OKC, I am very interested to see if he is really the superstar that Houston thinks he is or if he just benefited from playing with great players and coming off the bench. My guess is that he is somewhere in between, maybe 21ppg, 5ast, 4reb as a starter… Not quite an all-star.

  • http://twitter.com/Jzakoni Verified Account

    Top 5 talent?!.. Little too high sir

  • http://twitter.com/Jzakoni Verified Account

    Top 5 talent?!.. Little too high sir

  • spit hot fiyah

    we get it, harden got traded to houston. are you going to give us an article everyday?

  • rainman10

    only if you keep reading them everyday

  • RV6

    1. The stats show Harden didn’t just benefit from playing with Westbrook and Durant.

    2. Morey isn’t going anywhere. This move just secures his job longer.

    3. Durant, Bryant, Lebron. Offensively, Probably throw Dirk and Melo in there, but Dirk is slowly regressing, as is Kobe. There’s definitely room for Harden to sneak in soon. He’s got the talent already, just has to put up bigger numbers, which should come with a bigger role. Remember, offense isn’t just about ppg, but also efficiency, versatility, etc..

  • LakeShow

    He’s going to help Lin out allot. Seeing as how he is a better PG. They can share ball handling duties.

  • Ugh

    Totally. Trading Keven Martin for James Harden was a move that should get him fired.
    Wait. No. You’re an idiot.

  • shockexchange

    After another attack against his person, the Shock Exchange stands corrected. Grossly overpaying for Lin and Harden will not get Darryl Morey fired. Thanks for clearing that up.

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