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NBA Rumors: Would Mavs Offer James Harden The Max?

James Harden has an interesting choice in front of him. He's clearly in a great situation in Oklahoma City, but the Thunder probably won't be able to pay three players max contracts and avoid the luxury tax.


So he could either agree to a below-market value extension now or wait until he's a restricted free agent and see what the market will offer him.


According to ESPN's Marc Stein, at least a few Western Conference teams would be willing to throw a max offer his way:


While Harden wouldn't be the elite defensive center the Mavericks need to replace Tyson Chandler, he would be a star who could transition the franchise forward as Dirk Nowitzki gets older.


Thunder fans, don't say you weren't warned ...


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