Bradley Beal is one of the best scorers in the league. He’s vastly underrated and got a reputation for being one of the worst defenders in the NBA this season but those numbers are just way out of context. His team wasn’t playing to compete and couldn’t get a stop even vs. third-stringers.
Beal can score in bunches. He can hurt you in many ways, either coming off screens, cutting, slashing, backdoors, or even running the point. He can pull up, score off the dribble, drive, kick, whatever you need, he’ll get you a bucket with ease.
Sadly, it feels like he’s getting punished for staying loyal to the Washington Wizards. He signed a contract extension despite being well aware of the fact that he was on several contending team’s radars. Now, he didn’t even make the All-Star Game regardless of his 30.5 points per game on 45% shooting.
The Wizards should just stop kidding themselves and move on from Beal. Cut him loose, let him thrive on a team that could actually make the most of his talents. For that to happen, they’d need to get one of these three offers not even they could refuse:
Trade Package: Tyler Herro, Andre Iguodala, Duncan Robinson, and Kelly Olynyk
The Miami Heat have put together quite an interesting young core for the future. Still, it feels like adding Bradley Beal could help them right away and become one of the toughest teams in the Eastern Conference. Plus, pairing him with Jimmy Butler would help with his defensive flaws.
The Wizards would get two outstanding shooters that fit perfectly next to John Wall and Rui Hachimura on Duncan Robinson and Tyler Herro. Also, they’d clear some cap space with Iguodala and Olynyk in the summer, so it’s a huge win for them.
New Orleans Pelicans
Trade Package: Jrue Holiday, Lonzo Ball, Josh Hart for Bradley Beal, and Ish Smith
This one’s a bit of a reach but the Wizards wouldn’t be able to say no. I mean, they would be getting two young and productive players like Josh Hart and Lonzo Ball plus one of the best two-way guards in the league in Jrue Holiday. It’s just too good to be true.
The Wizards would have three outstanding backcourt defenders on Ball, Holiday, and John Wall. They’d have a scoring punch off the bench on Hart, and the Pelicans would finally wrap their hands around Bradley Beal, one of their most coveted players of the past season.
Trade Package: Spencer Dinwiddie, Caris LeVert, and Jarrett Allen
The Brooklyn Nets are reportedly very interested in adding another All-Star and Bradley Beal is at the top of their list. They wouldn’t need Dinwiddie or LeVert once Kyrie Irving and Kevin Durant are back at full strength and it’s been clear that they want their buddy DeAndre Jordan starting over Jarrett Allen.
Honestly, these three guys already know what it’s like to make the playoffs in the East and the Wizards would have a way better core. If they get John Wall back at his peak and a couple of veterans they could even make a serious run in the playoffs, while Beal would make the Nets even a tougher Championship contender.