James Harden is a bit of a legend in ASU circles. His signature style of play (deliberate, intelligent, left-handed) helped the Sun Devils achieve an NCAA tournament berth in 2009. He was drafted #3 overall in the 2009 NBA Draft, one of the highest draft slots in Arizona State history.
Here's the breakdown of the trade, according to The Dream Shake:
Houston receives: James Harden, Lazar Haywood, Cole Aldrich, and Daequan Cook.
Oklahoma City receives: Kevin Martin, Jeremy Lamb, the Dallas pick (1st round), Toronto pick (1st round), and the Charlotte 2nd rounder.
Harden is being given an amazing opportunity: the chance to be the go-to superstar for an NBA team. Playing alongside Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook, the sixth man, while playing significant minutes, tended to defer to his teammates in key times.
Now, Harden and newly signed Rocket Jeremy Lin will be viewed as a 1-2 punch and the key cogs in the Houston offense. These are exciting times for the beard.
If you want to read more from the extremely excited Houston Rockets fans, go check out The Dream Shake. These guys are HAPPY.