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Max.This
12-12-2012, 12:30 PM
By Michael Lee, Published: December 11

The Washington Wizards turned down a trade with the Oklahoma City Thunder for James Harden this summer because team owner Ted Leonsis was unwilling to commit to what would have been a roughly $80 million, five-year contract for the high-scoring player, according to multiple people with knowledge of the proposed deal.

The Wizards would have sent rookie guard Bradley Beal and second-year forward Chris Singleton to the Thunder in return for Harden, winner of the NBA’s sixth-man award with Oklahoma City last season, according to these individuals, who spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to talk about the proposal

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The Thunder traded Harden to the Houston Rockets in October. The Rockets, who play the Wizards in Houston Wednesday, gave Harden, who is having an all-star caliber season averaging nearly 25 points per game, the large contract he had been seeking.

Leonsis, Wizards President Ernie Grunfeld and Thunder General Manager Sam Presti all declined comment when asked about the proposed trade. One Wizards official denied that Oklahoma City had offered Harden in exchange for Beal and Singleton, stating that the Thunder was also seeking an established player — which the Wizards didn’t have — in return. “That’s not true,” the official said about the proposed deal.

Beal was drafted third overall by Washington in June, and the Thunder didn’t make the offer for Beal and Singleton until two months later, according to an NBA front office executive, who requested anonymity because of the sensitivity of the subject matter.

A person with knowledge of Oklahoma City’s interest in Beal said the Wizards’ decision to hold on to Beal made sense because teams are often willing to trade draft picks but are more inclined to keep players once they’ve been selected.

The Wizards, who before the trade proposal came up had acquired three expensive veteran players, also likely would have been subject to an NBA luxury tax penalty for having a total payroll over the prescribed threshold if they had signed Harden.

Considering how poorly this season has begun for the Wizards — who beat the New Orleans Hornets 77-70 Tuesday but still have an NBA-worst 3-15 record — and the general lack of excitement surrounding the team, dealing for Harden might have been worth the risk in the short term.

Harden was drafted third overall out of Arizona State in 2009 and came into his own last season, when he helped the Thunder reach the NBA Finals before playing onthe gold medal-winning U.S. Olympic team. The 6-foot-5 lefty ranks fifth in the NBA in scoring this season.

The Wizards would have had one of the more dynamic young back courts in the NBA, with the 22-year-old John Wall and the 23-year-old Harden. Harden also could have helped the Wizards better withstand the absence of Wall, who remains sidelined with a stress injury in his left knee, which was diagnosed in late September.

Oklahoma City traded Harden because it risked a stiff luxury tax bill once the penalties of the new collective bargaining agreement take hold in the 2013-14 season.



http://www.washingtonpost.com/sports/wizards/washington-wizards-said-to-have-turned-down-trade-for-james-harden/2012/12/11/d2e4dbb4-43c2-11e2-8e70-e1993528222d_story.html


Thoguht this was interesting seeing how beal is shaping out right now. Harden wouldve been a wizard.

MintBerryCrunch
12-12-2012, 12:50 PM
I would have felt bad for him

MrfadeawayJB
12-12-2012, 12:57 PM
and thats why the wizards are the wizards. They turn down a proven player for a player who is all potential

PleaseBeNice
12-12-2012, 01:01 PM
Wall-Harden combo would've been nasty

KnickaBocka.44
12-12-2012, 01:08 PM
and thats why the wizards are the wizards. They turn down a proven player for a player who is all potential

Took the words right out of my mouth....poor Wiz

uprightciti
12-12-2012, 01:08 PM
he could have been a great glue guy for the team and singleton aint that good beal and wall dont mesh

man why didnt this happen!!

Vampirate
12-12-2012, 01:10 PM
The Wizards are going to get a top pick this year to go along with Wall and Beal.

Despite their record this year, that's not a bad situation to be in in the grand scheme of things.

Mitch Kramer
12-12-2012, 01:36 PM
The Wizards are going to get a top pick this year to go along with Wall and Beal.

Despite their record this year, that's not a bad situation to be in in the grand scheme of things.

I tend to agree with this. Better than being in NBA hell like the Bulls, Pacers, Nets, Hawks, Bucks etc...

FOBolous
12-12-2012, 01:39 PM
don't know why OKC would want that deal from the wizards. why they got from the Rockets was so much better.

j-bay
12-12-2012, 01:42 PM
This is the problem with NBA fans today. All they look at is the big name stars. Well where do these big name stars come from. The Draft!!!

Max.This
12-12-2012, 01:46 PM
don't know why OKC would want that deal from the wizards. why they got from the Rockets was so much better.

bradley beal wouldve been much cheaper but at the time of the proposed trade, Beal didnt play a single game so he was all hyped up

Hellcrooner
12-12-2012, 01:47 PM
That team is doomed until they man up and get their TRUE name back.

corytwotimes
12-12-2012, 01:50 PM
I tend to agree with this. Better than being in NBA hell like the Bulls, Pacers, Nets, Hawks, Bucks etc...

what exactly is nba hell? and why are the bulls there? you know this guy named derrick rose is injured right? hes supposed to be pretty good at basketball

gotoHcarolina52
12-12-2012, 01:51 PM
That team is doomed until they man up and get their TRUE name back.

The Chicago Packers?

LakersA's49ers
12-12-2012, 02:06 PM
what exactly is nba hell? and why are the bulls there? you know this guy named derrick rose is injured right? hes supposed to be pretty good at basketball

I think he means middle of the road teams. Ones that'll be late teens to early 20s picks this year perhaps. Thats just my guess. When teams are late lottery, early playoff eliminations, they usually dont get much value at their pick, which makes the season kind of a wash

king4day
12-12-2012, 02:12 PM
The article also says that OKC wanted a difference maker (to replace Harden). I'm sure they asked for Wall. Otherwise, OKC more than likely decided against it over Washington.

Cal827
12-12-2012, 02:12 PM
Let's start this again!

He woulda been ****ed in Washington

HeaTxRipZz
12-12-2012, 02:13 PM
LOL this can't be legit! Did they seriously turn down a chance at having a team starring Wall and Harden?! WOW