I should be working but I got a thought about the cost of trading for Star and how long it takes to build a contender. Once my mind is on a topic it is hard for me not finish, so I am writing this instead of working. While doing some research on this thought I realized how much time the Rockets Front office have saved us, while sticking to the plan - Rebuilding while putting a good product on the floor. The cost of a Star The James Harden trade has cost, those for OKC and Houston. The cost for OKC 3rd overall pick of 2009 - (Morey Loves 2009 players) 3 years of not being a .500 team and development. Houston's Cost Kmart -draft 1/26 Lowry -draft 1/24 = possible top 2-10 next yr draft Lamb - draft 1/14 Rockets 1rd pick Rockets 2nd pick Summary - If you are to take the cost of Kmart's contract/Lowry/Lamb and the going rate for a 1st rd pick and 2nd rd pick, it comes out to $24M or so. Hardens rookie contract is 15.1M for 4 yrs and $5M this year. If your are the Rockets you are thinking the cost of a Star is $24M and OKC has gained 19M on their investment for this year, theoretically. That rate of Return is called selling High. But what this trade does for us in paramount. I compared the path that Seattle Supersonice/OKC history takes to what the Rockets have done so far. In 1998-2008, except for the 2005 season, Seatle was on the treadmill of mediocrity, and in 2006 season the were 35-47, and get the 1/10 pick of the 2006 draft. They draft Saer Sene (whom no ones remember). In 2007 they go 31-51 and get lucky and get the number 2 pick, they pick Durant. In 2008 They go full tank mod and go 20-62, and draft Westbrook. in 2009 they go 23-59 and get Harden. IN the 2009-2010 Season they go 50-32 out of bottom of the NBA and into playoffs and beginning to the bright future. The length of time for rebuilding was: 1998-2008 - 10 year of struggling (starting with mediocrity treadmill) 2005-2010 - 5 years of Losing 2007-2010 - 3 years of player development 2010-2012 - 3 years for title contention In total it took at least 9 years to get a star or 3, 11 years to make the playoffs again and 13 years for title contention. Out of the 13 years, OKC only had 4 lottery picks. If you compare it to What the Rockets has and have done it is drastically improved in terms of time line. 2009 was the "It year" but injuries caused the title to be soo close but so far. Tmac was traded for Kmart and pieces. 2010-2012 have been 3 years of being at .500 but missing the play off and being a mediocre team. But we have now landed a star. 3 years into the rebuilding process. Yes the price for a star is high but we have saved 6 years off the process in comparison. The front office has done an amazing job after looking back at some history. Houston has only been armed with 4 years of the 14th pick. No lottery picks and have put a hardworking and scrappy team every year, which is hard. If it really does take 13 + year to contend, we have narrowed down the window by 40%. To me, we should be moving at warp seed to be in the playoffs and the future looks real bight to me.