OKC Thunder stay true to themselves

What were the Thunder thinking by trading James Harden? Here's some insight.

Updated: October 29, 2012, 2:37 AM ET
By Brian Windhorst | ESPN.com

The Oklahoma City Thunder have achieved a remarkable amount of success by establishing and sticking to a few central beliefs. It was that fidelity to those principles that led them to trade James Harden because of a contractual dispute.

According to sources with knowledge of the team's thinking, the Thunder believe their players will ultimately support the controversial decision to send Harden to the Houston Rockets in a blockbuster deal that breaks up the core that reached the NBA Finals ...

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