Although they didn’t have the best season last year, the Washington Wizards have made it very clear that they don’t plan on trading Bradley Beal. The All-Star shooting guard is seen as a very important piece on the roster, especially when John Wall is sidelined.
But, with Beal yet to sign a contract extension with the Wizards, he could end up demanding a trade. Washington is anything but a competitive team right now, which can help Beal to ask the team to ship him to a franchise that can actually contend for something.
Even though he’s not a leader, but a sidekick, Bradley could be very helpful for any team trying to take its game to the next level.
Once he’s available on the trading block, a bunch of teams will surely push to get his services, but not everybody will have the chance to persuade the Wizards to trade the guard. According to Andy Bailey of Bleacher Report, the Denver Nuggets could be one of the teams with a good chance to land the 26-year-old in a proposed trade that would leave the Wizards in a good position.
“Even if Beal doesn’t ask out, this is a possibility that deserves exploration. It’s tough to see a path to title contention for the Wizards, and Beal has the only contract on the books that would fetch the kind of assets that could kick start an effective rebuild. Several have posited the idea of the Denver Nuggets sending Gary Harris, Michael Porter Jr., salary filler and multiple draft picks for Beal. In combination with Rui Hachimura, that’s the kind of package that would give Washington an intriguing young core.”
The Nuggets haven’t made any significant roster moves this offseason, but seeing the quality of players they have, they are considered a team that can make things hard to the rest of the West. If they manage to land Beal, that would take them to the next stage as the former Gator would be part of an interesting backcourt with Jamal Murray.
Last season, Beal averaged 25.6 points, 5.0 rebounds, 5.5 assists, and 1.5 steals while shooting 47.5 percent from the field and 35.1 percent from beyond the arc. Trading for this guy is something Denver should seriously consider.