|In this May 3, 2012 photo, Oklahoma City Thunder's James Harden (13) grabs a loose ball against the Dallas Mavericks during Game 3 in the first round of the NBA basketball playoffs in Dallas. The Thunder have traded Sixth Man of the Year Harden to the Houston Rockets, breaking up the young core of the Western Conference champions. The Thunder acquired guards Kevin Martin and Jeremy Lamb, two first-round picks and a second-round pick in the surprising deal that was completed Saturday night, Oct. 27, 2012. Oklahoma City also sent center Cole Aldrich, and forwards Daequan Cook and Lazar Hayward to Houston. (AP Photo/Tony Gutierrez)|
Harden expects to sign long-term deal with Houston
If nothing else, the arrival of Harden will deflect some of the attention away from Lin, on the court and off it.
‘‘We'll see how everything plays out,’’ Lin said. ‘‘It'll be dispersed a little more.’’
AP Sports Writers Jeff Latzke contributed from Oklahoma City.