3 trade destinations for Bradley Beal
Despite acquiring Russell Westbrook this offseason, the Washington Wizards are still fighting to stay out of the basement of the Eastern Conference. Washington started the season 0-5 to many’s surprise, and now sit 13th in the East with a 10-17 record despite Bradley Beal’s league leading 32.9 points per game, and Russ’ near triple-double with 19.3 ppg, 9.7 apg, and 9.7 rpg. As Beal’s league leading scoring continues to go to waste in the Nation’s Capital it seems more and more likely that Beal will seek a trade elsewhere. So here are three potential suitors for #3.
This season the Sixers have played their best basketball of the Simmons-Embiid era and it has them sitting atop the Eastern Conference and Joel Embiid in the MVP conversation. Despite this, there are still questions hovering around the team and how they will fare once the playoffs roll around. Can Embiid sustain this level of play for a full season and a playoff run? Is the combination of Tobias Harris, Seth Curry and others enough supplementary scoring to win big games? In short, no. In order to compete come playoff time Philly will need a go-to perimeter scoring option and Beal would be an ideal fit. If the 76ers gave up Danny Green, Mike Scott, Matisse Thybulle and a couple of future first rounds pick that might get the job done. Thybulle has show potential as a legitimate two-way threat and would be a welcome addition to the younger core of players like Rui Hachimura and Thomas Bryant that the Wizard are trying to build around long term.
Dallas hasn’t performed up to expectations this season and will definitely need more star power if they want to contend in the West. Currently 10th in the West, the Mavs are in contention for the 7th or 8th seed in the West and nothing more. That would give them a first round matchup with either Utah who is playing some of the best basketball in the NBA right now, or one of the LA teams. Meaning in all likelihood another first round exit. Dallas battled with the Clippers last postseason as the seventh seed, but with Luka Doncic and Kristaps Porzingis gaining another year of experience together, it seemed likely that the Mavs would take that next step, but they haven’t. Beal could be the final piece in a big three that could contend in the West for more than just a 7th or 8th seed and a first round playoff exit. If Dallas gave up James Johnson, Josh Richardson, maybe Jalen Brunson, and a couple future first round picks that could get the job done.
Golden State is obviously not the same without Klay Thompson, but the Dubs are fighting on without one half of the Splash Bros and aren’t doing too poorly. The Warriors currently sit in the 8th spot in the West led by former MVP Stephen Curry, defensive leader Draymond Green, and #2 overall pick James Wiseman. After missing the majority of the 2019-20 season with a broken hand Curry is back to his previous form, but is definitely in need of a wingman as Andrew Wiggins has not panned out the way that the Warriors would have hoped. There might be no better time to capitalize than now as Wiggins is shooting a career high from three and locking down defensively. Beal could be the perfect fit in Golden State supplanting Thompson’s role and giving the Dubs a secondary scoring option. In addition to that, adding Beal would give Golden State the potential for a future big three of Curry, Thompson and Beal. Wiggins and a couple firsts would give the Warriors hopes at a second dynasty and the Wizards a young athletic star with massive potential.
Russell Westbrook has not been the answer the Wizards were looking for this season. If his value was not at an all-time low, it would make much more sense to try and move him for another star who wants to play with Beal. However, trading Beal and starting over now seems like the only route in D.C. Furthermore, handing the team over to Westbrook would give the veteran an opportunity to boost his stats and trade value heading into the 2021 offseason. The longer the Wizards hold on to Beal, the worse the return will be, placing tremendous pressure on the March 25th trade deadline just a few weeks away.