Rumor: Wizards Rejected Trade For Harden
The Washington Wizards declined a trade with the Oklahoma City Thunder for James Harden, according to multiple people with knowledge of the proposed deal.
Wizards’ owner Ted Leonsis was unwilling to commit to an $80 million max contract offer over five seasons to Harden.
Bradley Beal and Chris Singleton would have been traded to the Thunder in return for Harden, according to sources.
Harden was ultimately traded by Oklahoma City to the Rockets.
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.