Washington Wizards shooting guard Bradley Beal has been involved in trade rumors for most of the last two seasons. Although he and John Wall make an incredible backcourt, the Wizards rarely made noise in the playoffs with the two leading the way.
With John Wall more than likely missing the entire 2019–20 season recovering from Achilles surgery, it would make sense for the Wizards to cut their losses and trade Beal when his value is at its highest.
Today will look at the trade possibilities for Beal and discuss four teams we think should make a move for the talented shooting guard.
We think Bradley Beal to the Celtics would be a great move for both teams. Young forward Jaylen Brown is requesting a contract extension that the team isn’t willing to give him at the moment, and Gordon Hayward is nowhere near the max player that he was projected to be when joining Boston two seasons ago.
A trade package involving those two for Beal would help the Celtics improve their shooting guard position, but also make Jayson Tatum the sole leader of the pack at the small forward position.
A backcourt that includes two All-Stars in Beal and Kemba Walker in the Eastern conference should be enough to get the team to the No. 4 seed in the Eastern Conference playoffs.
Why would the Thunder trade for Beal? They have a number of assets at their disposal and have a young point guard that they are building around in Shae Gilgeous-Alexander.
It would take a few players to make the contracts work, but if the Thunder offered up a 2020 and 2021 draft pick, it could be enough to land the All-Star.
OKC is still a year or so away from returning to playoff contender status, but a backcourt of Gilgeous-Alexander and Beal would be very exciting to watch in the West.
We originally thought the Raptors were going to blow up everything after Kawhi Leonard decided to return home to Los Angeles. Fans and the media wouldn’t have been able to blame them for restarting with the big contract decisions that were looming ahead for the franchise.
The decision looks like it has already been made,the team signed starting point guard Kyle Lowry to a one-year $31 million extension offer.
Making the move to secure a young guard in Bradley Beal could be the reason for this extension. Swapping the two guards would give the Raptors another young player to pair up with Pascal Siakam.
The final team we expect to make a push for the services of Bradley Beal is Atlanta. The Hawks have one of the best young up-and-coming point guards in the league in Trae Young and have a few other pieces around him that make them a sneaky team to land the No. 8 seed in the East playoff race.
After the All-Star break, Young averaged 25 points and nine assists per game and is quickly becoming the player fans expected him to be out of Oklahoma. A backcourt of Young and Beal would be a lite version of the Splash Brothers, as both have the ability to knock down shots from the perimeter with ease.
Where do you expect Bradley Beal to go?
Do you think the Washington Wizards will end up trading Bradley Beal? We think he will stay within the conference and fit right in with a playoff contender. If you want more news and notes from around the league be sure to check out our NBA section.