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Video: Daryl Morey talks Rockets’ trade for James Harden

Oct 28, 2012, 5:31 PM EDT

Rockets GM Daryl Morey has been on a quest for an elite player for more than a year — Pau Gasol (part of the Chris Paul trade David Stern blew up), Dwight Howard, Carmelo Anthony — and he thinks he finally has one in James Harden.

Morey was on Comcast SportsNet Houston to talk about the trade and why he thinks this is the cornerstone piece the Rockets need. As I said before, the Rockets are not a playoff team right now, but they are a lot better than they were 24 hours ago.

  1. cosanostra71 - Oct 28, 2012 at 5:46 PM

    most overrated executive in the NBA

  2. ihavenonickname - Oct 28, 2012 at 6:15 PM

    lin and harden will quickly become the most overpaid and overrated backcourt. nice work, daryl.

    • cosanostra71 - Oct 28, 2012 at 10:38 PM

      In 2014-2015, the Rockets will have $45 million tied up between Harden, Lin and Omer Asik. Great core there.

      • danielcp0303 - Oct 28, 2012 at 11:08 PM

        Wrong again…the cap hit for Asik and Lin each year is about 8.5 million. So redo the math there

      • cosanostra71 - Oct 28, 2012 at 11:24 PM

      • tzunotebook - Oct 29, 2012 at 2:24 AM

        Hmm who’s right?

        Maybe you could do some real research into the CBA

        Gilbert Arena Provision

        For a team to offer large raise to non-bird right free agents, they must fit the average salary of the entire contract under the cap. If the said player signed to the the team that offer the said contract, it would count against the cap room as the average salary of the the contract.

        Maybe you should do more research before you came out with an uninformed answer.

      • live4bacon - Oct 29, 2012 at 3:02 AM

        well hoopshype isnt right all the time. the poison pill contract only applies if knicks/bulls match the contract. if they dont, rockets will account for the average of each year of the contract for the 3 years which is 8.5mil

      • danielcp0303 - Oct 29, 2012 at 11:27 AM

        Cosanostra71, that link you provided has the salaries of players, not the cap hit. Lin and Asik will actually get paid 5 million the first two years, then 15 the last year…but the cap hit is spread out equally through all three seasons. So the cap hit is about 8.3 per year

      • cosanostra71 - Oct 29, 2012 at 2:45 PM

        ok, so the Rockets will have $31 million tied between those three players. Over half the cap.

      • danielcp0303 - Oct 29, 2012 at 4:49 PM

        They’ll have 31 million for those 3 players, and still enough room for a max player…and any additional players they want. Plenty of flexibility, which is what teams need with the new CBA

      • cosanostra71 - Oct 29, 2012 at 5:51 PM

        assuming they are able to lure a max player… that puts them at well over $50 million in 4 players. two of whom are role players at best. Fill that out with some minimum salary players and ladies and gentlemen we have the 2011-2012 Philadelphia 76ers reincarnate.

  3. cantonbound13 - Oct 28, 2012 at 6:35 PM

    Stern will not overturn this trade because it doesn’t make either team better than the Heat.

    • zeedoubleyou - Oct 29, 2012 at 12:22 PM

      I have to give you credit for not breaking the single string on that banjo you’ve been playing for the past 2 years.

  4. claymatthewshairplugs - Oct 28, 2012 at 7:02 PM

    James Harden is NOT elite! Maybe at flopping he is, but he’s a good 2nd option, not a first option. He’s more in line with the Amare’s, Lamarcus, Gerald Wallace types, good players but if he’s your best player you’re not going far.

  5. bchapman2011 - Oct 28, 2012 at 8:14 PM

    I agree with most posts on here….Harden is over rated and anybody who watched the playoffs last year knows this. He was dominated by the Heat and shut down all series. Keep in mind this guy has always come off the bench and played against opponents reserves. It’s a whole different ball game when you start every night and play against super stars.

  6. fanz928 - Oct 28, 2012 at 8:43 PM

    Let’s see how he plays this year as a starter

  7. going4iton4th - Oct 28, 2012 at 8:55 PM

    I’m inclined to agree with most posters—we’ll see how Harden does without such a great supporting cast around him. He was awesome in a 6th man role but now you are asking him to be THE man. Presti I think out maneuvered Morey on this deal because of the haul he got in return. I think Martin is OK as a replacement but I’d be more excited about Lamb because he could be something special.

  8. moseskkim - Oct 28, 2012 at 11:26 PM

    He’ll be good as a starter. He finished games and had the ball in his hands a lot. Got to the line and hits the 3. Shoots 49%. Don’t opposing teams put out the best defenses at the end of games? That’s where he excelled. Sure he’ll have to adjust to the best defensive player guarding him every night but he has a great skill set. He’s the top 3 sg along with Kobe and wade.

    • chawbacon14 - Oct 29, 2012 at 8:10 AM

      In crunch time, Harden was on the court with Durant and Westbrook, they took the focus of the defense . They spread the floor so Harden could get in the paint.

      Stats show that the Thunder were a better offensive team with Harden on the court, but he was replacing Sefolosha, who is a weak offensive player. The Thunder were a better offensive team by design.

      Its gonna be a whole new world for Harden.

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