According to a report from Michael Lee of the Washington Post, the Washington Wizards turned down a potential trade that would have netted them James Harden for Bradley Beal and Chris Singleton:
The Washington Wizards turned down a trade with the Oklahoma City Thunder for James Hardenthis 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.
I am not even really sure where to start with this news. This report is going to be picked apart in the upcoming days by people arguing both sides, but if it is true, it is awful for the Wizards.
Ask any die-hard basketball fan if James Harden would be an improvement to this Wizards team. Does anybody believe the Wizards would be sitting at the bottom of the league with 2 wins if Harden was on this team?
Ask any sports fan, even ones who don’t follow the NBA on the regular. They would even tell you they do that move 10/10 times.
Hell, I bet if you even asked Bradley Beal and Chris Singleton they would tell you they would do that deal.
I will probably get into this topic in more detail at a later time, but leave you with the question:
Who is to blame?
Is it Ernie Grunfeld for obliterating the Wizards cap room by trading for Nene and dumping Rashard Lewis for Trevor Ariza and Emeka Okafor?
Is it the Cures O’ Les Boulez?
Or is it in fact the man in charge, owner Ted Leonsis’s fault for not making the financial commitment to making this team better?