Originally Posted by Raptors1995
James Harden can definitely play half court basketball. And who said we’re done with just James Harden? He’s getting the max but it’s not the same type of max that UFA’s get. We would still have options to shore up other areas. It now definitely looks like a missed opportunity on our part.
Sam Presti wasn’t willing to pay that price because ownership didn’t want to go into luxury tax.
If you're talking about how the league values Harden, it's also worth pointing out that last spring a bunch of the league's executives were surveyed and asked whether they would keep Westbrook or Harden if financial considerations forced them to move one of them. Harden received more votes of confidence. Now, of course, people can shit on Westbrook for his style of play (like TORap does daily) but the guy is an all-nba talent. Yet more executives were willing to let him walk than Harden. A lot of executives would have given Harden the max and just moved Westbrook.