That's not what happened..
They were both offered contracts at the same time.. Ibaka accepted his..
The front office continued to negotiate with harden, going as high as 4 years 55 mill.. Harden wanted the max (which for okc would have been 4 years 60 mill) AND a no trade clause
When harden turned down the final offer, they then started looking at trades
We obviously don't know the exact trades.. But little things have come out:
Like the wizards not wanting to give up beal.. The warriors wanting to include some of their horrid contracts.. Then the mumblings about the raptors
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