Wizards owner Ted Leonsis reportedly turned down trade for James Harden

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It should be fairly obvious that the Washington Wizards are a poorly run organization. But if you by chance need a concrete reason to believe that the Wizards are poorly run organization, a report in the Washington Post should give you ample reason.

According to the report, the Wizards had a deal in place with Oklahoma City that would have brought James Harden to town. All they had to do was give up rookie guard Bradley Beal, second-year forward Chris Singleton and be willing to give Harden the max contract he was looking for. But that never happened. Mainly because owner Ted Leonsis balked at the thought of giving Harden that max contract.

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.

Of course, Leonsis nor his President Ernie Grunfeld had no comment on the report. But a Wizards official denies that there was a trade on the table for just Beal and Singleton, adding that the Thunder were seeking an established player.

But what does seem apparent is that there was a framework for a deal and Leonsis should’ve been doing everything he could to finally bring a star to DC.


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