Harden expects long-term deal

Sixth Man of the Year traded to Rockets

Published On: Oct 28 2012 02:22:24 PM EDT
HOUSTON -

James Harden plans to sign a long-term extension with the Houston Rockets before the regular season begins.

The reigning Sixth Man of the Year joined his new team Sunday after he was traded to the Rockets from Oklahoma City late Saturday. The Thunder acquired guards Kevin Martin and Jeremy Lamb, two first-round picks and a second-round pick in the surprising deal. Oklahoma City also sent center Cole Aldrich and forwards Daequan Cook and Lazar Hayward to Houston.

Harden says the deal "happened very fast" and he "has to make the best of it." He expects to sign a long-term contract by the time Houston opens the season Wednesday at Detroit.

The 23-year-old Harden says he'll have to adjust to a rebuilding team after playing for a contender in Oklahoma City.