Oklahoma Thunder Offered James Harden To Washington Wizards

By Eli Friedman

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Its over, and completely out of my mind at this point.

But, its pretty cool to look and see where James Harden could of landed. According to Michael Lee of the Washington Post, the Oklahoma City Thunder were turned down by the Washington Wizards in a trade involving James Harden. Supposedly the deal included rookie Bradley Beal, and Chris Singleton. If you’re asking why it didn’t go down, Wizards GM Ted Leonsis didn’t want to commit to a big contract (five-year, $80 million) for Harden.

After Harden left Oklahoma City and was traded, Sam Presti said this about the events:

“The culmination of the decision to ultimately move in another direction — we got to a point where we were very transparent, very direct as we are with all of our negotiations with our players as to the fact we had reached a point where we needed to make a decision,” Presti said in October. “We made a final proposal on Friday morning that was unacceptable. We then came back prior to beginning to execute trade initiations with another proposal. We were very transparent with James that if this is not acceptable then we were going to have to move towards making the best decision for the franchise given the fact that it was becoming a reality that more than likely he’d be signing elsewhere at the end of the season,” he continued. “Once that reality was met, as we have in the past, this organization turned the page. We started to focus on what was in the best interest of the program and focus on capitalizing on an opportunity to help us both in the short term and also continue to strengthen the future of the Thunder organization and building this program in a sustainable fashion.”

Although, all in all, Harden is in Houston and the Thunder are rolling. So, yeah, who really cares?

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