(NY Daily News) - Immersed in their championship window, the Brooklyn Nets are in the market for a third star and have internally discussed avenues of acquiring Wizards guard Bradley Beal, the Daily News has learned.
It’s unclear whether Beal will become available, though his circumstances have prompted speculation. The two-way guard is among the league’s highest-paid players and on a Wizards team with a low ceiling. He signed a two-year, $72 million extension last year that quelled trade rumors but Washinton (24-40) is again lottery-bound.
The Nets will have to match salaries for any trade, with Beal earning roughly $29 million next season. Assuming Kevin Durant and Kyrie Irving are off limits, the Nets’ best assets are Spencer Dinwiddie ($11.5 million), Caris LeVert ($16.2 million) and Jarrett Allen ($3.9 million).
In January, Irving acknowledged a “pretty glaring” need to upgrade the roster. The Nets have no cap space (although they can re-sign Joe Harris using his Bird Rights) and own the Sixers’ first-round pick this year. Their best means of upgrading is via trade.
I love these type of reports. You know, the ones where Team X is interested in really good Player Y and is going to make a play for him. Shit like this
Guess what, if Bradley Beal is somehow made available almost every team in the league is going to go after the 26 year old shooting guard. So the fact that the Nets are looking at ways to try and snag Beal isn't really all that surprising. There's only one real problem with this idea though. What incentive do the Wizards have to trade one of their franchise cornerstones? Even if BKN can make the money match with guys like LeVert and Dinwiddie, you're basically getting guys back who are the same age as Beal who do not make you all that better. Dinwiddie has one more year then he can opt out, so unless you can guarantee that he signs an extension that's not all that great either. It's not like the Nets have some unprotected high lottery picks to throw in to sweeten the deal. They have GS's top 20 protected first round pick which is going to be turned into a 2025 2nd rounder. They also have a Sixers 2020 1st that's protected 1-14 in 2020, 2021, and 2022. If they don't pass it over by 2022 it becomes a 2023 2nd and a 2024 2nd. If you're the Wizards, aren't you looking for more of a return to kick start a rebuild?
There's also this. Beal just signed a two year extension with a player option for a 3rd year in 2022-23. The Wizards are under no pressure whatsoever to move him. Now if he didn't sign that extension? That's a different story. But he just said in March he wants to retire a Wizard and is extremely loyal so it doesn't sound like he's itching to move. It's not as if LeVert and Dinwiddie aren't good, they are, but I just don't see how Washington would look at any package BKN could offer and determine that's the best deal out there.
Now if the Nets were able to put it off? A healthy KD/Kyrie/Beal could very well be the best trio in the entire East so you can understand why they would be interested. When you have Kyrie talking about how they already need to fix the roster, he's talking about bringing in stars and Beal does fit that description. If it's me, I see how Beal and Wall look together next year and if it doesn't work then maybe you entertain the idea of moving him in the summer of 2021. I'm sure there are going to be teams out there that swing and miss on Giannis that could maybe offer something better.
I know the Wizards were dogshit this year but Bradley Beal was absolutely not. A ridiculous All Star snub, this is a player entering his prime. You don't just give that away when you don't have to