Harden says he’s open to Phoenix if no contract extension

Keep calm Thunder fans, but James Harden talking about his contract in London, said he would be open to signing with the Phoenix Suns if the Oklahoma City Thunder and him cannot come to a contract extension. James Harden becomes a restrict free agent after the end of the 2012-2013 season.

Harden spoke to the Arizona Republic on Friday.

“Yeah,” he said. “Of course. I love it there. My mom lives there still. So that’s definitely my second home as far as my comfort level and going to school there.

So, there’s that. However, Harden does put your thoughts to ease a bit. He comes out and says

But obviously, I’m with the Thunder right now and what we have is special.

Even Durant, who has been opinionated that Harden would remain in Oklahoma City, retracted a statement from earlier in the summer. Said his previous comment was based on more hope than fact.

“I’m not negative, I’m not going to think the worst,” Durant said. “That’s just me. That may not be the case, and I may be wrong. As of now, I think he’s going to be here, and we’re going to make a concerted effort to keep him here. But that’s just me being me. We’ll see what happens.”

I didn’t mean to give you a Saturday scare, but there it is.

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