Report: James Harden could be in play for Charlotte’s No. 2 pick

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With Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook already signed to significant contracts, it’s obvious that it will be difficult for the Oklahoma City Thunder to also sign both James Harden and Serge Ibaka to significant contracts. Someone will most likely be the odd man out. And according to Jeff Goodman of CBS Sports, that odd man out may end up being James Harden.

Goodman reports that the Charlotte Bobcats are actively shopping their No. 2 pick in the upcoming NBA draft and James Harden could be part of a deal that could give the Thunder that pick.

The Charlotte Bobcats are eyeing the possibility of dealing the No. 2 overall pick in a trade that would bring a more established player, multiple sources told CBSSports.com.

Rod Higgins and Rich Cho understand that the Bobcats need more than just a talented rookie, whether it be Bradley Beal, Michael Kidd-Gilchrist, Harrison Barnes, Thomas Robinson or even Andre Drummond — to make the Bobcats competitive from their laughingstock of a season.

One source said that Oklahoma City’s James Harden could be in play due to the Thunder’s salary situation following next season. GM Sam Presti already has Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook on the books for more than $29 million next season — and both Harden and Serge Ibaka will command huge contracts after the 2012-13 campaign.

This seems like a win-win for both sides. The Bobcats get an up and coming star to build their franchise around. And the Thunder get one the best prospects in the draft, as well as the ability to re-sign Ibaka. You really can’t ask for much more in a trade.


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