The Dallas pick is top 20 protected. Toronto pick top three protected this yr., but moves only if Toronto in lottery for next six seasons.
Granted the 2nd round pick will be via the Bobcats (who suck) so it will be higher in the 2nd round...but those picks OKC got weren't even that good. The Toronto pick will give OKC a lottery pick, but not the top 3 for at least the next 2 seasons.
Also alot of folks are like wtf because the OKC offer was 54M/4years while Harden wanted the max of 60M/4years....but essentially Houston can give him more money with an extra 5th year at the max. Obviously that is alot more money than the 6M difference over 4 years that is being reported.
• 2005 CBA: Players coming off their rookie scale contracts can extend for five additional seasons. All other veterans can extend for five total seasons, which includes the seasons remaining on their current contracts.
• 2011 CBA: Players coming off their rookie scale contracts can extend for four additional seasons, although the team can designate one player who is eligible for five seasons at the maximum salary. A team can have only one designated player on its roster at any time. All other veterans can extend for four total seasons, which includes the seasons remaining on their current contract. The extension in an extend-and-trade contract is limited to three total seasons, which includes the seasons remaining on the current contract.
• Who benefits? The teams benefit here, just as they do with shorter free-agent contracts -- teams' future salary commitments are reduced. In addition, limiting extend-and-trade contracts to three seasons (including the seasons remaining on the player's current contract) helps reduce situations like the one the Nuggets were in last season with Carmelo Anthony.