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 12-11-2012, 07:26 PM         #1
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 Washington Wizards said to have turned down trade for James Harden - The Washington Post

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.


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 had an NBA-worst 2-15 record entering Tuesday’s game in New Orleans, and the general lack of excitement surrounding a 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 backcourts 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.
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59 comments for "Wizards turned down trade for James Harden"

 5 years ago '04        #2
shadychef04 125 heat pts125
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what is this twitter with instagram? i have to click and follow a link for the story? you can't even copy and paste a story
 5 years ago '12        #3
foolie02 60 heat pts60
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Wall and Harden back court would have been nice
 5 years ago '12        #4
Kastanova 91 heat pts91
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At least copy & paste the damn Article....

n*ggas don't feel like clicking sh*t.

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.

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 had an NBA-worst 2-15 record entering Tuesday’s game in New Orleans, and the general lack of excitement surrounding a 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 backcourts 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.

At the time the trade was discussed, the Wizards already had committed more than $33 million in salary this year after acquiring three veteran players — Nene, Emeka Okafor and Trevor Ariza — in an effort to bring stability to a young roster.

The Wizards also set aside money for the summer of 2014, when Wall, a former No. 1 pick, Kevin Seraphin, Jordan Crawford and Trevor Booker will become restricted free agents. Several big name talents — LeBron James, Rudy Gay, Carmelo Anthony and Chris Bosh, among others — also could enter the open market.

If the Wizards had traded for Harden, his $5.8 million salary this season would not have changed the team’s payroll much. But with the maximum deal Harden signed with Houston, his salary will jump to $13.7 million next season, when the Wizards would be committing almost $68 million in salary for just 10 players.

Even if the Wizards filled out the 15-man roster with minimum-salaried players, that would have potentially put the team’s payroll above the current luxury tax threshold of almost $70 million this season.

With the new luxury tax penalty plus another $7.8 million going to the waived Andray Blatche the Wizards’ payroll would actually be close to $90 million.

The Thunder held the 27th pick in the first round of the June draft but met with Beal beforehand and had conversations with teams in position to select him, including the Wizards, according to individuals with knowledge of the situation and published reports.

“It was weird. I met with a few teams and I was like, ‘You guys are all the way down in the draft. I’m projected to go top five.’ I was like, ‘Why are you guys interviewing me?’ It was still cool,” Beal said recently, when asked about meeting with Oklahoma City before the draft. “Sam Presti is a great guy and they showed interest. It was a great feeling for me, because that’s a team that was on the verge of winning a championship and to be part of that would’ve been tremendous. The chips fell in a different place, but I’m happy where I am right now.”

The 19-year-old Beal has had a difficult rookie campaign and has struggled with his shot but is far from a fully developed player. Singleton has moved back into the starting lineup after making 57 starts at small forward as a rookie.
 5 years ago '10        #5
SeattleLost 797 heat pts797
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 Windy said:
fu*k james harden, we getting shabazz next year.


glad we turned it down


dude wouldn't have been sh*t with us


shabazz gonna be the goat, just watch
you watched any games at ucla this year?

how he doing?
 12-11-2012, 07:30 PM         #6
The Lefty  OP
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 shadychef04 said:
what is this twitter with instagram? i have to click and follow a link for the story? you can't even copy and paste a story
Happy now?
 5 years ago '04        #7
refuze 285 heat pts285
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Beal and Singleton for Harden?

Would have done that in a heartbeat.
 5 years ago '11        #8
Dmart617 9 heat pts
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yall n*ggas is retarded
 5 years ago '11        #9
X_WunderKind_X 909 heat pts909
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The Wiz Mgmt can get nothing right
 5 years ago '07        #10
st21 1238 heat pts1238
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and ernie still has a job


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 5 years ago '10        #11
SeattleLost 797 heat pts797
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 Windy said:
I go to UCLA, trust me. This is what we been waiting for
you ain't my answer my question

you hear bout my dude josh smith
 12-11-2012, 07:35 PM         #12
Skratch  OP
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 Windy said:
fu*k james harden, we getting shabazz next year.


glad we turned it down


dude wouldn't have been sh*t with us


shabazz gonna be the goat, just watch
shabazz aint better then harden and shabazz coming to us

harden & wall backcourt would of been nice cause beal is some a.ss
 5 years ago '04        #13
shadychef04 125 heat pts125
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 The Lefty said:
Happy now?
it was a joke dude, but thanks
 5 years ago '10        #14
SeattleLost 797 heat pts797
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 Windy said:
his fat a.ss is old news, we dont mention such names round these parts.


shabazz gonna lead us to the promise land


then the wizards
you know why he quit?

went to high school with him, hung out with him when i was down in LA back in october
 5 years ago '04        #15
refuze 285 heat pts285
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first off, shabazz ain't even a lock. who the hell says we'll end up with him? the lottery is a joke.



harden for beal and singleton.. that move would have given us more hope than the roster we got now. a harden and wall backcourt would be something that we could've built around.

stupid decision not to do this trade, IF singleton and beal were the only things they were asking for.
 5 years ago '07        #16
theFREAK 3682 heat pts3682
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Posted this a month ago
 5 years ago '05        #17
Dun Language 3971 heat pts3971
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 SeattleLost said:
you watched any games at ucla this year?

how he doing?
 5 years ago '04        #18
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beal got mad potential but when you're in a losing environment, it's hard to keep your confidence up. look at blatche, that mofo started ballin once he changed scenery

this whole team needs a culture change.. starting from the GM. we're not even drowning in mediocrity, we're the worst team in the league. i thought the reason why we traded for veteran players was to get better since rebuilding didn't work out. we can't even get more than 2 wins.

i don't care if Wall is out, other n*ggas gotta step the fu*k up. grunfeld compiled a real sh*tty team.
 5 years ago '04        #19
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 Windy said:
so you just gon act like shabazz not gonna be here
Toronto
Cleveland
New Orleans



C'mon son, these scrub a.ss teams have as much of a chance to get the #1 pick as we do. And with our luck, the Thunder could get Shabazz since they got the Raptors' pick.



The only reason we got that #1 pick in the first place for Wall was cause our owner passed.. let's be real. Stern don't give a fu*k about no Wizards.

 5 years ago '04        #20
Hood_Rich 7 heat pts
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Wizards are a cheap organization lol. They don't give out max contracts




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