The Enid News and Eagle, Enid, OK

October 3, 2012

Holding on to Harden: Can a deal be done?

By Michael Kinney
CNHI

OKLAHOMA CITY — Heading into training camp, the biggest question surrounding Oklahoma City is the contract status of Sixth Man of the Year James Harden. If the 23-year old has not signed an extension by Oct. 31, he will become a restricted free agent.



Harden’s confident it won’t come to that.



“That’s why I’m not worried about it,” Harden said Monday. “I have confidence in my agent and the organization to get it done. They know how important it is. I’m sure it will get done.”



Harden, who reportedly has said he wants a max extension, now says he is willing to take less money than market value in order to stay in Oklahoma City and that making sacrifices for the good of the team is what the Thunder are about.



Still, saying it and doing it are two different things. NBA success is still about living in the moment.



“Everything is going to work itself for the best I think,” Kevin Durant said. “James is a key part to our team … I’m excited about the first day of camp and having James here.”