Thunder's Harden willing to make sacrifice for extension
Summary of 3 articles · Updated Oct 1, 2012
"I have confidence in my agent and the organization to get it done," Harden said. The difference for Harden is that small-market Oklahoma City, approaching the salary cap with all the others already locked into long-term deals, may not be able - or willing - to pay the luxury tax likely to come along with Harden's price tag. Harden averaged 16.8 points and 3.7 assists last season, earning recognition as the league's best bench player as Oklahoma City made it to the NBA Finals before losing to Miami. Like Kevin Durant, Russell Westbrook and Serge Ibaka before him, he's eligible for his first contract extension and would become a restricted free agent if he doesn't get a new deal by next July. I think everybody is excited to be here and just to enjoy each other's company. We really missed each other."