They made it to the finals before ;)
A Miami trade was going to be much more complex as Miami was hard capped due to the Butler sign and trade, so third team would need to get involved. I doubt OKC was asking for a ton, they got picks and Chris Paul as a salary dump.
Yes, unless he's willing to give up a shit load of money, which as President of the Players Association, would be a bad look. CP is stuck, and nobody is going to want him. He became cap filler.
I think OKC made out pretty well. They're going to suck, have a crazy amount of picks, and they don't really need to flip CP3. Harden and Westbrook are also going to be old when those picks start conveying.If the AD trade was the trade that both teams won, this is the trade that both teams lose.
If Harden clashed with CP3 over possession time I'm not sure what Money thinks will happen with Westbrook. Russ is way worse off the ball than CP3.
And while CP3's contract runs one year sooner, I doubt OKC will be able to flip it any time soon. They're still going to be paying a pretty penny, this time without the guy that the fanbase rallied around.
OKC must not have been able to work anything out with Miami that would have allowed them to dump Russ' salary completely. And Houston is probably going to waste the rest of Harden's prime.
There's something poetic about Blake and Chris Paul both signing these huge extensions and both ending up in NBA wastelands with nothing they can do about it. I don't even want to hear shit about "player loyalty" again.
He's owed $120 million for the next 3 years ( Kawhi Leonard, reigning Finals MVP, just signed for 3 years/$103 million with the Clippers, to give you an idea of how much fucking money that is). He can ask. And they can laugh at him.
Only thing I can think of is trade him for Wiggins.