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Your Morning Dump… What the James Harden deal means to the Celtics

Chuck - Red's Army October 28, 2012 Around the NBA, The Morning Dump 19 Comments

Every morning, we compile the links of the day and dump them here… highlighting the big storyline. Because there’s nothing quite as satisfying as a good morning dump.

The Oklahoma City Thunder have traded James Harden to the Houston Rockets after they were unable to agree to a contract extension with the star guard, league sources told Yahoo! Sports.

The Rockets sent Kevin Martin, Jeremy Lamb and future draft considerations to the Thunder for Harden, sources told Y! Sports. Along with Harden, the Thunder will send Cole Aldrich, Lazar Hayward and Daequan Cook to the Rockets.

Houston also sent two 2013 first-round picks (from Dallas and Toronto) to Oklahoma City, sources told Y! Sports, as well as a 2013 second-round pick (via Charlotte). The Thunder will receive the Toronto pick this year if it’s slotted Nos. 4-14. That pick also is top-three protected in 2014, top-two protected in 2015 and top-one protected in 2016.

Yahoo! – Thunder trade Harden to Rockets

What does this blockbuster mean for the Celtics? The road to Banner 18 got a bit easier.

Sam Presti got tremendous value for James Harden. But make no mistake, OKC is taking a small step back this year. When a team on the door step of a championship trades a key two-way player for a one dimensional scorer with an injury history and rookies/draft picks, it’s a step back.

I’m hearing a lot of talk about how good Kevin Martin is. If Martin has so much value, why has Houston offered him to just about every team in the league, and why has nearly every team turned them down?

If you want a great behind the scenes perspective of how the trade went down, check out Adrian Wojnarowski’s column.

The Celtics are holding an open practice for season ticket holders at the Garden at 11 am. I’ll be there with video camera in hand. Look for posts later in the day.

The rest of the links:

ESPN Boston – Ray Allen: Let’s move on | High praise for Pierce | CSNNE – Deep bench to make a difference | Sullinger remains humble | Herald – Pierce marches into 15th season |

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  • Double P

    Ya sorry on the surface it may seem like a small step back by simply replacing a scoring average for scoring average but when you take into account chemistry, defense, play making on the 2nd unit and in the 4th quarter this was a huge loss, Lakers just got a gift because the only team in the west that matched up well with them just fell back.

    • MIdi pl

      Eric Maynor is back so play making won;t be a problem. Maynor, Martin, Lamb might be just as good as harden. If you ask me Harden is not max player for okc he might be for other teams but not for them. I consider that trade good for both teams. With core of Durant, Westbrook, Ibaka, Perkins you can as well try to rent backup players with one or two years deal. Those rookies Lamb and Jones III have a lot of potential and you have to be lucky only with one, and if you are not lucky you still have pick protected 4 to 14 i next draft. I think it was great move by Presti

    • zippittyay

      The Lakers are going nowhere this season. They have no chemistry and no bench and outside of DH, no defense. The Clippers will win more games and go deeper in the playoffs than the Lakers. Write it down.

      • CelticsKid34

        i wouldnt be too sure about that… they have antwan jamison who was averaging 20+ pts in CLE. jordan hill was a phenomenal player last year and was just agressive as they come. i think you forgot about artest. at the point they have duhon and blake and they are probably good for 15pts combined off the bench. and dont forget jodie meeks from philly hes good. the thing that i dont get is i talk about fab and sully to my friend and he always talks like the lakers have rookies like the cs. there rookies are mediocre at best.

        • zippittyay

          Mega Whirled Peas is a joke and one of the main reasons they will have no chemistry. Jamison’s days are far behind him as he shot only 40% last season on a terrible team and couldn’t guard Scal in a suit and tie if he had to. The other guys you mentioned could have a positive impact if they ever get meaningful minutes which I somehow doubt.
          The words “Lakers” and “Dysfunctional” will be seen together in many sentences this year.

  • RedsLoveChild

    The lucky keep getting luckier.

    Champagne corks are popping all over Los Angeles!

    • Drew

      Shut up troll.

      • RedsLoveChild

        Dude, just do what you do best…go to a bar, get drunk, mouth off, throw punches, get arrested, wake up in jail, plead guilty, pay fine.

  • JR99

    Yeah, the road to the championship got a little bit easier for the Cs.

    The Lakers, imo, aren’t going to make much noise his season, contrary to appearances from just looking at their individual parts. They have a VERY small window, and lots of potential health problems to avoid and/or overcome. And they need to mesh, which is going to be tough for them, given the mediocrity of their head coach and stubbornness of #s 12 and 24. All in all, I think the Lakers will surprise a lot of folks with how bad they’re going to be.

    So for us, it comes down to the Heat. It was always about the Heat anyway…. And wouldn’t you know it? They’re EXACTLY who Danny and Doc have been loading up to beat.

    Prediction: So long as Kevin Garnett and Rajon Rondo are alive and well in the NBA with a reasonably healthy team around them, Mr. James ain’t winning another championship. (Actually, under those criteria he never did win one.)

    And, like every other team, the Heat could easily be removed from the equation altogether by a random health event. That’s possible… but not necessary. We’ll beat em anyway.

  • tim

    The Lakers and Spurs just got lucky that’s for sure.

  • Shane

    Martin has been, over the course of his career, one the most efficient scorers in the league. Jeremy Lamb has the potential to become a high-quality 2 spot. That, in addition to 2 first-rounders and a second rounder? Scary good move by Presti.

  • jim

    it means nothing besides wanting to see the rockets when they come to town.

  • http://driveittothemoon.com/ Lee in Oregon

    OKC wasnt getting past LA with or without Harden. The teams in our way are Miami and LA.

    • eddysamson

      I dont get the LA hype. Kobe is older than ever and has nagging injuries. Nash is great but old. Their coach is no Phil Jackson and really isnt even close…other than that they have DH and a bunch of inconsistent players like MWP.

      • Mannie

        I agree with eddysamson. With a league being more about athleticism, the lakers only have one guy below 30 in their starting lineup. And their 6th man is jamison lol. Okc still runs the west.

  • Cam

    Sam Presti got tremendous value……was that sarcasm?

  • cal

    Lamb is going to be a great player especially when he doesn’t have to be the focal point of the offense.

  • OlSkool

    Hate to say it but it did help the Lakers alot. With Harden OKC rolls past LA again and is still a step ahead of the Spurs. Now those 3 teams are all even money to win the West.

  • WinstonSalems

    Jujuan Johnson officially cut by the Rockets.