Time for this week's Monday Summarize. Obviously, something huge happened with James Harden, but we'll get to that. First, let's recap the games the Thunder played this week. They fell to the Bulls on Tuesday, 94-89 and the following day defeated the Mavericks 88-76 to cap off their preseason. Oklahoma City plays their first regular season game this year on November 1st (Thursday) in San Antonio against the Spurs.
-Yes. James Harden was traded to the Rockets along with Cole Aldrich, Daequan Cook and Lazar Hayward in exchange for Kevin Martin, Jeremy Lamb, two first-round picks and a second-round pick. This was a very surprising trade, as apparently Harden and the Thunder couldn't work out a contract extension. This will obviously change the Thunder's path and they may not get all of what they traded for until a few years down the road. (Article)
-The Thunder finally got down to their 15-man roster spot, waiving center Daniel Orton, guard Andy Rautins and forward Hollis Thompson. The lone available roster spot was filled by guard DeAndre Liggins. He, along with Hasheem Thabeet and Perry Jones III are the only new players on this year's roster. Liggins seemed to outperform the rest throughout training camp and the preseason, earning him a spot. (Article)
That's about it for the biggest news of this past week. It's almost the regular season, guys! Go Thunder!