Did Warriors pass on James Harden?

Did Warriors pass on James Harden?
March 15, 2013, 10:45 pm
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Warriors still in good shape after Bulls' blowout

Shooting guard James Harden is averaging 26.2 points per game with the Houston Rockets this season. (USA TODAY IMAGES)

According to ESPN's Bill Simmons, the Golden State Warriors are owners of three of the 30 worst contracts in the NBA. Simmons has Andrew Bogut, Andris Biedrins, and Richard Jefferson clocking in at numbers six, seven, and eight respectively.

But what's more interesting is another little nugget he included in the same piece.

Simmons says that sources told him Oklahoma City was in talks with the Warriors during the offseason about a potential trade for guard James Harden:

"Multiple sources have told me that, when Oklahoma City’s Sam Presti decided to shop James Harden, Golden State was his first call. He wanted Klay Thompson and a pick. The Warriors would only consider the trade if Oklahoma City took back Biedrins or Jefferson for 2013 expirings, knowing they’d get crushed by the luxury tax in 2014 with Harden’s extension plus Steph Curry’s extension plus David Lee plus Bogut/Jefferson/Biedrins. At that point, Presti went to Washington (offering Harden for Bradley Beal, and unbelievably getting turned down), then Houston (where the shopping heated up). Presti never ended up calling Golden State back."

So far, Simmons' word is the only evidence that such a trade was ever in the works. But if what he says is true, did the Warriors miss out on a golden opportunity?