Rockets land ‘foundational’ player in James Harden

The Thunder received shooting guard Kevin Martin in the deal, along with first-round draft pick Jeremy Lamb, a first-round draft pick and two second-round picks.

HOUSTON _ Now that they’ve landed James Harden, the Houston Rockets have bigger goals in mind.

Rockets general manager Daryl Morey officially introduced Harden on Monday, calling him a “foundational” player for the team’s rebuilding effort. Harden joined Houston in a stunning trade with Oklahoma City on Saturday night.

Coupled with Jeremy Lin, Morey is hoping that the high-profile backcourt and the salary cap space created by the move will lure another star to Houston. The Thunder received shooting guard Kevin Martin in the deal, along with first-round draft pick Jeremy Lamb, a first-round draft pick and two second-round picks.

Harden was finalizing a long-term contract with Houston on Monday. He says he’ll be ready to play when the Rockets open the regular season in Detroit on Wednesday.

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