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James Harden is confident a deal will be reached with Oklahoma City before the deadline at the end of the month
With an Oct. 31 deadline for an extension with the Oklahoma City Thunder looming, guard James Harden doesn't seem too worried, writes dailythunder.com. If no deal is reached by then, Harden is a restricted free agent next offseason. But at the team's media day on Monday, Harden didn't express any doubt a deal would get done:
"Yeah. Sure," he said in a very matter-of-fact tone. "That's why I'm not too worried about it. Not at all."
"That's up to my agent and Sam [Presti]," Harden said. "I let them deal with that contract situation. Right now my focus is basketball."
Harden had hinted before he'd sacrifice taking less to stay with the Thunder's young core and chase a title, rather than hitting free agency and likely getting a max offer from another team. He reiterated that Monday:
"Oh yeah, yeah. Sacrifice," Harden said. "I think everybody on this team has sacrificed in their own way just for the better of the team. I think that's why we're so close. Like I said, I think everything will work itself out eventually."