Rumor is that the Washington Wizards were the #1 team in the running for James Harden but the trade was rejected at the last minute.
Why? Because Harden wanted big money, and the Wiz refused to budge:
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.
With the Wizards having the worst record in the NBA right now, do you think they feel good about that non-trade?
On the bright side they still have Bradley Beal who is only 19 and will get better.