I’m at a Halloween party Saturday night; Lucky Strike cigarette hanging out on my mouth, glass of a scotch in my hand (I went as Don Draper from Mad Men) when I get a text that the Oklahoma City Thunder traded James Harden to the Houston Rockets.* I had the same look on my face that Don did when his wife Megan sang “Zou Bisou Bisou” in front of their friends at his 40th birthday party; one of shock and pure amazement.
The deal seemed to come from nowhere as I had seen no rumor tweeted or written anywhere leading up to the deal.* Here is my breakdown of the trade.
The Thunder receive: SG-Kevin Martin, SG-Jeremy Lamb, two first round picks, and a second round pick
The Rockets receive: SG-James Harden, G/F-Daquean Cook, SF-Lazar Hayward, and C-Cole Aldrich