Monday, October 29, 2012
Report: Golden State Warriors Were Interested in James Harden
Grantland.com's Zach Lowe is reporting that the Golden State Warriors were also involved in some minor negotiations with the Oklahoma City Thunder.
Harden was traded to the Rockets for Kevin Martin, Jeremy Lamb and a slew of bench players and first round draft picks on Sunday.
Harden was reportedly traded based on the fact he wanted a lengthy and significant contract heading forward, and the Thunder could not belly up to the bar. So they traded him, but received a decent amount of compensation in return.
Lowe speculates that since the Warriors were involved in some trade talk, or at least had some interest, they would have had to offer up Klay Thompson in return for Harden. That appeared to quickly shut down the trade talks, as Golden State is very high on Thompson, who appears headed towards a productive NBA future.
What have we learned through this report and rampant speculation?
The Warriors are still very much looking for that one significant trade that finally lands them a big-name star, and only a few players on the roster are untouchable -- Thompson is one of them.