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Thunder pick up options on Harden, Ibaka, Maynor

Jun 28, 2011, 3:36 PM EDT

James Harden

It’s worth remembering that no key player in the Thunder rotation other than Kendrick Perkins was over the age of 22 in the last playoffs. This is a young team that remains all about the future.

So it is without a surprise that the Thunder exercised the options on a number of their young players Tuesday — James Harden, Serge Ibaka, Eric Maynor, Byron Mullens and Cole Aldrich. That via a tweet from Royce Young over at Daily Thunder.

That keeps all these guys with the team for at least another year. The Thunder likely will work out some kind of longer-term deal with Harden and Ibaka, once everyone sees the new Collective Bargaining Agreement. They are playing key roles for the team going forward.

Not all of these guys may stick — with the Thunder drafting Reggie Jackson out of Boston College they may look to trade Maynor. But you pick up his option anyway so you can trade him down the line. Basically this was a no-brainer decision and the Thunder front office has a lot of brains, so it was an easy call.

  1. themanchine - Jun 28, 2011 at 4:02 PM

    They drafted Reggie Jackson, not Williams.

  2. goforthanddie - Jun 28, 2011 at 4:05 PM

    If they can straighten Westbrook out, OKC is dangerous for a few years.

    • ac0117 - Jun 28, 2011 at 4:33 PM

      Yeah because making it to the WCF with an average roster age of 22 means you aren’t “dangerous”

      • goforthanddie - Jun 28, 2011 at 9:43 PM

        You’re not that dangerous when your PG forgets he has Durant on his team.

  3. svallen - Jun 28, 2011 at 4:56 PM

    I think this is a great move by the Thunder! They are going to be a contender for years to come for sure…

    Found all of these players current salaries on –

  4. damp1015 - Jun 28, 2011 at 7:23 PM

    They are dangerous already. This coming season is another step forward for the Thunder. To be honest, I thought they were going to make it to the Finals. Next year, who knows, even the Grizzlies were dangerous.

  5. kingdavid919 - Jun 29, 2011 at 1:13 PM

    Maynor to Charlotte Bobcats for Boris Diaw! Who know they might could even work something out where DJ Augustin could reunite with his former teammate (instant chemistry) and send James Harden to Charlotte if Chris Paul’s not going to end up in OKC.

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