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Odds & Ends: Harden, Hornets, James, Olympics

Sad news today as former NBA Deputy Commissioner and Players Association executive director Simon Gourdine passed away at the age of 72.  As deputy commissioner in 1976, Gourdine was instrumental in helping to facilitate the merger of the NBA and ABA, which brought the Nets, Pacers, Spurs, and Nuggets over to the Association.  Here's more from around the league on this Sunday evening..

  • If Eric Gordon is a max player, and Brook Lopez is a max player, reigning Sixth Man of the Year James Harden is certainly a max player, opines Chris Sheridan of Sheridan Hoops.  After signing Serge Ibaka to a four-year, $48MM contract extension, the Thunder will have to get creative if they hope to hang on to Harden.  Of course, Oklahoma City may opt to trade the super sub to avoid the possibility of having to match a lucrative backloaded offer sheet down the line.
  • The Hornets have gone to great lengths to revamp their club this summer and Jim Eichenhofer of runs down the newest additions to the hive.  Eichenhofer notes that the recently-acquired Hakim Warrick may have to shift from power forward to small forward in order to see time in New Orleans.
  • It may be four years away, but LeBron James already says that he hopes to compete in the 2016 Olympics in Rio, according to the Associated Press.  James joked that he has "done the math" and is well aware that he will be 31-years-old during those games.  Of course, James could only play if there isn't an under-23 age limit applied for USA Basketball starting in 2016.

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