Some bizarre NBA trade rumors during the 2012 offseason involved Oklahoma City Thunder guard James Harden being dealt to the New Orleans Hornets. Is there any merit to this latest speculation that would break up last year's NBA Championship runner-up team?
While Charlotte trade rumors involving Harden had circulated weeks ago, this latest one involves the former team from Charlotte, the New Orleans Hornets. Ironically, New Orleans also played in OKC for a bit after the damages caused by Hurricane Katrina. It would be interesting to see how competitive a team the Hornets would have if they were able to bring in Harden, along with their latest rookie additions of Anthony Davis and Austin Rivers.
So should Thunder fans be worried that one of their key stars might be on the move? Not so fast. An article from USA Today reports on the situation, which apparently was just a joke, or prank. The report says that earlier this past week, a photo was sent out via Harden's Twitter to Instagram, which said, "Just found out I got traded to the Hornets....I'll Miss OKC." Later, that photo was deleted.
It's believed that either Harden's account was hacked, or he was playing a joke on his fans and followers, as well as the media. The more popular theory is that he was hacked, with someone posting the message online to pull a prank on others. It happens quite a bit online, especially on Twitter, due to the fact it spreads news and gossip in such a fast, viral manner.
For now, James Harden remains a part of the Oklahoma City Thunder, the team expected to continue to challenge for the NBA Championship. He'll also have a starring role on Team USA during the 2012 Olympics in London. If he tweets that he was traded to China and will miss the United States, you know the deal.
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