Wednesday, Oct. 3, 2012
OKLAHOMA CITY — For all the Oklahoma City Thunder followers worried about whether the team will be able to afford a new contract with the NBA's Sixth Man of the Year, there's one person who doesn't seem fazed by it: James Harden.
Harden heads into this season as possibly the odd man out in the Thunder's young nucleus. 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.
"Everything will figure itself out eventually," Harden said at the team's preseason media day Monday. "Right now, training camp is starting. I think everybody is excited to be here and just to enjoy each other's company. We really missed each other."
Harden, a former Arizona State star, predicted that he'll agree to terms on a new contract by the end of the month and said that he's focused on "hooping," and not on the negotiations.