HOUSTON (AP) - Plano ni ames Harden na pumirma ng mahabang ekstensiyon sa Houston Rockets sa pag-uumpisa ng regular season.
Ang kasalukuang “Sixth Man of he Year“ ay dumalo na sa ensayo ng Rockets noong Linggo matapos ma rade sa Houston mula Oklahoma noong Sabado. Sa naturang deal, nakuha ng Thunder ang mga guwardiyang at first at second round draft picks na sina Kevin Martin at Jeremy Lamb. Ipinadala in ng Oklahoma City ang sentrong si Cole Aldrich at forwards na si Daequan Cook at Lazar Hayward a Houston.
`’It happened so fast, it happened very fast,” ani Harden. ‘But this is the position I’m in now, just have to make the best out of it. I’m with Houston now. I just have to come in here and play hard and win games.”
Sinabi ni Thunder general manger Sam Presti na nag-alok ng Houston kay Harden ng isang kontrata na hindi nila maibigay.
`’Quite honestly, the value of he trade was greater based on the act that the Rockets could offer him he contract that he was seeking,” pahayag ni Presti. `’By doing it when we did it, it allowed the Rockets to secure or I believe it will allow the Rockets to secure him and James will get the contract that he was seeking. And because of that, we were able to capitalize on the trade and probably get a little bit more than we would have if we would have waited.”
Nakuha ng Rockets ang serbisyo ni Harden isang gabi bago magsagawa ng public practice sa Toyota Center.
Ayon sa 23-anyos na si Harden, kakailanganin niyang ikundisyon ang sarili na masanay sa isang rebuilding team matapos maglaro para sa isang contender.
Ang pagkakakuha kay Harden ay kumumpleto sa oberhol na nangyari sa offseason para sa Rockets, na tatlong sunod na season nang hindi nakakaabot sa playoffs.
`’This is definitely different,” sabi ni Harden. `’But it’s something that we have to learn to deal with. This is a business and everything happens for a reason. I’m going to just play hard, try to play hard and do whatever it takes to win.”
Si Harden ay naging first-round pick ng Oklahoma City mula sa Arizona State noong 2009. Siya ay pitong beses lamang na nag-start sa kanyang tatlong season ngunit naging mahalagang reserve para sa koponan.
Noong nakaraang taon, siya ay nagaverage ng 16.8 puntos, 4.1 rebounds, at 3.7 assists sa regular season.
“I like the way he plays,’’ ayon kay Houston coach Kevin McHale. ‘’He’s got a pace to his game that I like, I think he plays at a speed where he can repeat things over and over again. He’s not playing at a warp speed. He really takes his time, and goes when he wants to go, starts, stops He’s a really sophisticated player.”
Harden struggled in the NBA finals shooting 37.5 percent from the field and 31.8 percent from 3-point range. He scored 19 points with five assists in Game 5, a 121-106 Miami victory that clinched the championship.
Dagdag ni McHale, sa tingin niya ay hindi mahihirapan si Harden na maging starter para sa Rockets.
“I don’t think he’ll need any adjusting,’’ aniya. ‘’I don’t think that’ll be an issue at all. He’s just going to get an opportunity to get more time and start the game.’’