Originally Posted by SleepyAdamII
That is such a huge gamble ; and basically a gamble that any of these guys will turn into an all star player, is pretty high risk/high reward.
To me it's not a sure thing that Lamb will be as good as Harden, or that any of those picks become anything at all. On face value You sent an all star away for uncertainty.
All that is true but but what better alternatives did they have? Paying Hardin would have put them over the cap and end any flexibility they would have for years to come. OKC had already gotten themselves in a jam when they overpaid for Westbrook and Perkins. I think they just picked the best of several bad alternatives.