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Heat: OKC deal alters West balance

Updated: October 30, 2012, 10:33 AM ET
By Brian Windhorst | ESPN.com

MIAMI -- The defending champion Miami Heat were stunned by the rival Oklahoma City Thunder's decision to trade James Harden. But they don't believe it changes the dynamic in the race for the title when the season starts this week.

The move, in which the Thunder sent Harden to the Houston Rockets for a package of players and draft picks featuring Kevin Martin, was a major topic of conversation within the team when the Heat gathered for practice Sunday.

"It was shocking but they ...

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