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If it ain't broke, don't fix it. It was no fluke the Thunder reached the NBA Finals last season. A great part of that success was the trio of Kevin Durant, Russell Westbrook and Harden coming off the bench. If OKC believes that Kevin Martin is the answer, then they have grossly underestimated the chemistry of it's three stars. It's rare that a championship team comes together organically, as opposed to being "built" through free agency. Thunder fans deserve better than watching this team lose it's spark off the bench. GM Sam Presti has saved the team from paying a luxury tax in the future, but at the cost of watching the reigning Sixth Man of the Year leave town.
With Harden's situation taken care of prior to the season starting, the Thunder can now focus on returning to the NBA Finals. When all is said and done, Harden was a player off the bench who was looking for a starters' max contract. Presti knows better. He built this team from scratch and gets back a solid scorer in Martin who can make up for Hardens points. Jeremy Lamb is a promising rookie from a program (UConn) that has a fairly consistent track record of NBA-ready players. And then, of course, the draft picks: one from Dallas, the other from Toronto--2 teams that may land right in the middle of the draft, which allows OKC to draft a couple of quality role players.