Jun 19 2012; Miami, FL, USA; Oklahoma City Thunder guard James Harden (13) lays the ball up defended by Miami Heat small forward Shane Battier (31) during the first half of game four in the 2012 NBA Finals at the American Airlines Arena. Mandatory Credit: Mike Segar/Pool Photo via US PRESSWIRE

Best & Worst Case Scenario: James Harden

Apr. 18, 2012; Phoenix, AZ, USA; Oklahoma City Thunder guard James Harden following the game against the Phoenix Suns at the US Airways Center. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-US PRESSWIRE

Not only in sports but in everyday life the “Best scenario and worst scenario” Factors always apply. The Suns have officially gone into rebuilding mode and like I mentioned in my previous article, they have a long road ahead. This is a new segment where I analyze situations involving your Phoenix Suns and break down the best and worst scenario. You know what’s funny? The most important player to the Suns right now isn’t even on their roster, that player is James Harden. How can James Harden be the most important player if he’s not even on the team you ask? Well, he’s a 23 year old stud that was pretty much snubbed out of the all-star game last year, he won an Olympic gold medal in the past summer with team USA, he’s the reigning 6th man of the year, and he’s also one of the most versatile wing players in the entire NBA and if the joins the Suns the Suns will have found their star for the future, however if he doesn’t then well……………………So what’s the best case and worst case scenario for the Suns in this whole James Harden chaos?

Best case scenario: James Harden

– The best case scenario for the Suns would obviously be if James Harden walked away in free agency and signs with the Suns with no sign and trade involved. The Suns most valuable asset right now is Marcin Gortat and keeping him would allow the Suns either to have a solid player at the center position for the next two seasons or have him remain as a valuable asset to swing a deal with another team maybe to acquire a second star.

Worst Case Scenario: James Harden

– The worst case scenario would be if Oklahoma City decides to bite the bullet and keep Harden anyway despite the luxury tax rules under the NBA’s new collective bargaining agreement. This would mean the Suns will have to continue their search for a rising superstar, and they would pretty much be back at square one.

Meeting In The Middle: James Harden

– Assuming none of those two things happen another possibility is if the Thunder decides to trade James Harden mid-season for some assets in return. This probably the most likely possibility because let’s face it, James Harden is a stud and if any of you were the Thunder’s GM you wouldn’t let that dude walk and get nothing in return after all the hard work being put into making him the player he is today.

Bottom line, the Suns need Harden as a part of their future because he’s only 23 years old and he’s already one of the top players in the league. Harden’s ability to make plays on the offensive end is valuable in that he can set up teammates, hit the jumper and get to the basket; the scary part is he’s only going to get better. Now, adding Harden won’t make the Suns a contender but they’ll be that much closer. Assuming Harden joins the Suns via free agency and the Suns don’t have to give no one back in return, the Suns will have a core of Luis Scola, Goran Dragic, Marcin Gortat and James Harden, a very VERY formidable core. James Harden may not seem like a superstar right now but give him a year or two he will be one of the best players in the league, he has the talent, he has the drive, he has the motor and he now has the experience after spending an entire summer with the best players in the league at the Olympics as well as a recent trip to the NBA finals.

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