Greetings in that Divine and Most Precious Name of Our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ!
Everyone is surprised about the Harden deal. I'm only surprised that they did it this season, I thought they'd wait until March. He was signed for this season so there was no rush, they could have traded him mid-way or at the end. However, we all knew we had to go. He was good, but not great, and he crumbled when pressured by good defense. I liked Harden, I liked him a lot, its a big part of why I've been into the Thunder the past few years. However, Kevin Martin is a more proven scorer, and Harden was going to cost too much. Thunder had the money, but getting Martin AND some draft picks AND and a potential upcoming young player in Lamb is a perfect trade. I can see why they did it now instead of March, they figure they can use the season to build chemistry with Martin and the Core, plus Eric Maynor is back so he can fill in the gap.
While it made absolutely perfect basketball sense, it was still a ridiculous surprise.