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Warriors Feared Tax In Declining Trade For James Harden

When Sam Presti decided to explore a trade of James Harden, his first call was reportedly to the Golden State Warriors.

The Oklahoma City Thunder sought Klay Thompson and a pick for Harden.

The Warriors only would explore a trade for Harden if the Thunder were willing to take back Andris Biedrins or Richard Jefferson for 2013 expiring contracts due to their concerns over the luxury tax for 2014.

The Warriors would have luxury tax penalties had they kept those two players along with the first year of extensions to Harden, Stephen Curry and ongoing deals for Andrew Bogut and David Lee.

Presti then discussed a deal with the Washington Wizards for Bradley Beal but was rebuked.

The Warriors used their amnesty clause on Charlie Bell in order to slightly improve their offer sheet to DeAndre Jordan that was ultimately matched by the Clippers.

The Thunder traded Harden to the Houston Rockets.

Via Bill Simmons/ESPN
 

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