Per Ric Bucher
The Thunder explored dealing James Harden to the Wizards for Bradley Beal and Chris Singleton. They also talked
to the Warriors and Pacers, a league source says. If you're a Pacers' fan, would you have given up Paul George for Harden? If you were a Warriors' fan, would you have given up Steph Curry? Of course you would have. Now, what if you had to deal those guys without knowing if you could re-sign and keep Harden? Changes the equation just a little bit. Ultimately, the league source says it wasn't up to the Wizards, Pacers or Warriors to make the deal. The Thunder sent Harden to the Rockets because it brought back the best collection of assets.