Thanks to moves like LeBron James going to Miami in 2010 and Kevin Durant going to Golden State in 2016 the NBA has become an arms race where teams hoping to contend for a title gather as many top-caliber players as possible to give themselves the best chance of winning. After all, if you acquire multiple All-Stars for your team then they aren’t playing against you.
The Washington Wizards have 2 All-Stars on their team but have failed miserably to take advantage of them. They currently sit at 15-24 in the East and now that John Wall is out for the rest of the season there’s no hope of them making the Playoffs. If it wasn’t time to hit the reset button for that team then it certainly is now. Wall is just about untradeable at this point due to the enormous contract that guarantees him nearly $120 million over the next 3 seasons with a player option for another $46 million.
According to Sean Deveney of Sporting News, the Washington Wizards are asking for two players and two draft picks in exchange for Beal.
There’s been chatter about the Raptors pursuing Wizards guard Bradley Beal, but Washington wants two players and two draft picks for him, according to sources.
That would cost the team budding star Pascal Siakam and wing OG Anunoby, plus some filler salary and two future first-round draft picks. The Raptors already owe this year’s pick to the Spurs, and they would have to persuade Washington to take a pick as far out as 2023.
That leaves Bradley Beal as the only big name asset the Wizards can move and there are now reports that the Toronto Raptors are very interested in his services. Toronto is in no desperate need of Beal as they are 2nd in the East and look very much like title contenders, but remember what I said earlier? Teams know that the only way to win is to have multiple All-Stars and that is what Toronto is going for.
Beal should fit in well with Kawhi, Lowry, and Ibaka. He spreads the floor very well, can drive, defend and has a good amount of Playoff experience. The Raptor’s roster right now is very balanced and they cannot trade key players like Pascal Siakam, Ibaka and Valanciunas. They will have to hope that Washington is desperate to deal Beal so they can get him cheap.