Reports say that in the offseason the Washington wizards rejected the thunders offer of James Harden for Bradley Beal and Chris Singleton because the wizards owner did not want to pay James 80 million dollars. Can somebody please tell me why Washington didn't make this trade? You could've traded two complementary pieces for a budding superstar that would've kept your team afloat until John Wall came back.
Because that organization is a joke from the top down. Very little or no leadership in the whole organization. That is why they've been so unsuccessful. That team even without Wall should have fallen into more than 3 wins. The culture there is bad and has been since before Arenas left.
I'm not even a Wizards fan and I'm disappointed in them. John Wall and James Harden playing together in the backcourt would have been extremely entertaining to watch...
Not to mention I bet they would have won more than 3 games by now... What is the point in owning a team if you're not willing to do what is necessary for the team to win...?
the wizards suck ass..... i know dumars has made some mistakes but thats a no brainer
Probably 2 reasons. The first already stated they didnt want to pay him 80mil, which he is deffenitaly worth. The second the must be high on Bradley Beal. But im sure they're wishing now that they would have pulled to trigger on the deal. Harden and Wall would have been a great back court duo for the next decade.
Wiz know they will not be good for a while so they are going the young cheap player route. A lot of their other moves were dumb but I think they realize not even Harden would help them win so being terrible now may pay dividends later.
Mostly Wiz are a poorly run management though. They have made mistake after mistake. They also ran into bad luck with Wall being hurt but the thing is everyone leaves them and plays better else where except Agent Zero.
maybe they didn't want to pi$$ off Wall. If Harden got the 5 year deal then Wall wouldn't be eligible for it. Only one player per team can get the 5 year deal. Wall might have resented the front office for that move much like Kevin Love did in Minny. It seems that Harden was not going to settle for anything less than the 5 year 80 million max.
I think that is an awesome point. Then it poses the question, if you have a team with Wall and Harden, who do you give the 5 years to? I think Harden is more proven but you drafted Wall as the face of the franchise. It is a tough situation but at worst you get Harden for 6 years and lose Wall after at least like 3 season. So you would have 3 years of them together for Wall to assess his options.
I always find it funny when people have no problem spending someone elses money!
I love how their unwilling to give Harden $80 mil, yet they absorb last off season Okafor and Nene's bad contracts. Makes perfect sense. John Wall needs to play else where, he will never develop properly as long as he's a Wizard.
What an idiotic move by the Wizards. Can they do anything right?
Is that a rhetorical question?
While they do seem foolish now for not pulling the trigger, that was before he was traded to Houston, and before he proved how prolific he can be as the top option. Hindsight is always 20-20.
The Wizards should be contracted.
I was hearing the Thunder weren't going to make that move unless they could get an established player from Washington...something the Wiz still don't have. Plus our owner is cheap and probably was thinking about having Wall and Harden on Max deals on top of Nene's contract plus ariza AND Okafor...Ernie Grunfeld fails at life
I really don't think this is as terrible a non-move as people are making it out to be. They weren't sure what Harden could do as a first option, they wanted to save cap-room for 2014 when Wall is up for an extension/re-signing along with Rudy Gay and a couple of other guys, and it would have killed their cap flexibility. Also, they figured Beal would be better (a mistaken belief but a popular one) and thought his outside shooting would be a perfect complement for Wall's drive and dish game.
Besides, I'm not sure how happy Harden would have been coming to Washington and being the second fiddle after leaving OKC and while it would have helped them in the short term, I think keeping Wall happy and building through the draft was the better decision.
I still think if Nene and Wall were healthy this team would be in playoff contention, they lost a lot of close games this season without their two best players, and I find it hard to believe a fully healthy Nene and Wall wouldn't put them above teams like Cleveland and Detroit at least.