James Harden Almost Got Traded to the Wizards Over the Summer

James Harden Almost Got Traded to the Wizards Over the SummerKevin Jalraj/USA TODAY Sports

All throughout the summer of 2012, Thunder GM Sam Presti reportedly had his feelers out, trying to find out how much he could fetch in a trade for James Harden. According to reports, he reached out to several teams to try and work out a deal that would be beneficial for Oklahoma City and make it worth their while to trade the reigning NBA Sixth Man of the Year.

One of those deals involved the Wizards. It called for the Thunder to send Harden to Washington in exchange for rookie Bradley Beal and second-year forward James Singleton. But, Wizards owner Ted Leonsis reportedly balked at the deal because he didn't want to have to sign Harden to a long-term contract worth about $80 million over five years. And, it's a good thing he did! Because, look at how good the Wizards are this year without a guy like Harden in the lineup!

Uh, yeah. Good one, Washington. Glad to see you're really committed to winning and all that. But, next time someone offers you anyone with any talent, just say yes, okay? Unless, of course, you actually enjoy being the laughingstock of the league.

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[via Washington Post]

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