Kendrick Perkins might not be the best source to consult regarding James Harden's contract negotiations with the Oklahoma City Thunder. The report that Harden is close to reaching a deal on an extension doesn't seem so solid as of Thursday afternoon, according to ESPN's Chris Broussard:
Despite what KPerk says OKC & JHarden not close to deal. Sides are talking. JH wants to stay but wants max. Let's see if OKC blinks b4 10/31— Chris Broussard (@Chris_Broussard) September 13, 2012
The Oct. 31 deadline is the last day for teams to sign their restricted free agents. If the Thunder and Harden do not come to an agreement by that date, other teams will make offers to the 2012 Sixth Man of the Year following the 2012-13 season. Oklahoma City will have the opportunity to match those contract offers.