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Leonsis sunk Wizards deal for Harden

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08:05 AM ET 12.12 | The Thunder traded James Harden to the Houston Rockets in October, but he could have landed in a different city entirely. The Washington Wizards turned down a trade with the Oklahoma City Thunder for [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.

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December 12, 2012  08:54 AM ET

He was not willing to commit because he learned his lesson from Arenas

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December 12, 2012  09:15 AM ET
QUOTE(#2):

Smart move. You finally learned from the Agent 0 deal. Why give up 2 young players for an overpaid player? Harden is worth it but not for the Wizards.

Harden is no Agent zero... this is just a case of a cheap owner.

December 12, 2012  09:44 AM ET

Smart move.

December 12, 2012  10:08 AM ET

It Wouldn't Have Mattered Anyway, Bro.

December 12, 2012  10:09 AM ET

Not like it would have made a difference... Harden couldn't bail out the Wiz.

December 12, 2012  10:36 AM ET
QUOTE(#3):

Harden is no Agent zero... this is just a case of a cheap owner.

5 years, and we finally agree on something. Harden is a long way from Arenas.

December 12, 2012  10:53 AM ET

Harden would have loved the check, but hated what he would have to go through to earn it. Funny, I bet that sounds a lot like what many of us do all the time.

December 12, 2012  11:00 AM ET
QUOTE(#7):

5 years, and we finally agree on something. Harden is a long way from Arenas.

Here's a drink to that... we made it. Can we get a refund from those divorce lawyers?

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December 12, 2012  01:38 PM ET
QUOTE(#3):

this is just a case of a cheap owner.

We are talking about the same owner who (usually) signs Ovechkin's contract. So, no, it's not that. I think he didn't see the potential for a big return at the gate or impact on the W/L record to trade young players and spend big money for the "sixth man of the year".

December 12, 2012  02:53 PM ET
QUOTE(#3):

Harden is no Agent zero... this is just a case of a cheap owner.

Arenas in his prime was far beyond what Harden is now. I think the GM made a good choice here.

 
December 12, 2012  05:41 PM ET
QUOTE(#11):

.........I think he didn't see the potential for a big return.........

Which is why the Wizards will be losers for a loooooooong time; because this guy can't see his way to making good basketball decisions.

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