The 2012 Oklahoma City Thunder squad with Russell Westbrook, James Harden, and Kevin Durant made it all the way to the NBA Finals even when people didn’t believe them to do so. However, they were beaten by the LeBron James-led Miami Heat, who won their first title of the Big 3 era with Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh.
Harden would leave the Thunder soon after that loss because the Thunder asked him to take less than a max contract and be the team’s sixth man. Harden, unwilling to sacrifice on two fronts, was traded to the Houston Rockets
Kendrick Perkins shed some light on the situation around Harden’s departure, revealing that he thought Harden was selfish for leaving the team when they were on the path to an NBA Championship. An even bigger revelation was that LeBron James, Dwyane Wade, and Carmelo Anthony may have encouraged Harden to make that move.