“We wanted to sign James to an extension, but at the end of the day, these situations have to work for all those involved. Our ownership group again showed their commitment to the organization with several significant offers,” OKC GM Sam Presti said. “We were unable to reach a mutual agreement, and therefore executed a trade that capitalized on the opportunity to bring in a player of Kevin’s caliber, a young talent like Jeremy and draft picks, which will be important to our organizational goal of a sustainable team. We appreciate James, Cole, Daequan and Lazar’s contributions to the Thunder organization and this community and wish them the best in the future.”
The Thunder got back Kevin Martin and Jeremy Lamb, two first-round picks and a second-round pick. OKC also sent center Cole Aldrich, and forwards Daequan Cook and Lazar Hayward to Houston.