The thing with Harden, is that they dont make the Finals last year without him. He presents a skill set maybe 5 people in the league have. The ability to shoot threes and pentrate and finish att he rim. You let him walk for 1 year of Kevin Martin, Jeremy Lamb, and a mid Rd pick.
They were a one dimensinal team with Westrbook and Durant. Harden gave them another element and gave the team different options. I really dont now if they get by memphis even with Westbrook.
OKC should have stood pat on Harden made another run with those three saw what they had and adjust accordingly.
If Harden steppud and became so good then at that point they could have pulled off a sign and trade.
The Perk Amnesty could have happened after this year to clear space to keep Harden if they wanted to.
They took a gamble that Ibaka would step up and fill some offensive void. but he is the same player regardless.
Touched by his Noodly Appendage