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Report: Warriors not 'quite willing' to gut roster for Beal

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The Warriors without question are interested in trading for Bradley Beal this offseason.

But is the franchise prepared to give in to all of the Washington Wizards' demands to make it happen?

It sounds like the answer is no.

"One team source did say the Warriors wouldn’t be quite willing to gut the roster to acquire Beal," The Athletic's Marcus Thompson wrote Thursday. "If they could land Beal while keeping James Wiseman, it could be the best of both worlds for the Warriors.

"Appease the desire to win now while retaining a future centerpiece. But Washington figures to want Wiseman."

IIt does seem extremely unlikely that Golden State would be able to acquire Beal without giving up the No. 2 overall pick from the 2020 draft.

But perhaps the Wizards instead prefer to get their hands on multiple unprotected first-round picks from the Warriors years down the line.

All of this will be negotiated if the trade discussions in fact get serious in the coming days.

One variable that might be in the Warriors favor is the fact Beal basically is under contract for just one more season. He assuredly will decline his $37.3 million player option in 2022-23 in order to sign a long-term deal in free agency.

The Wizards as a result don't have as much leverage because the three-time NBA All-Star can walk a year from now. Time is not on their side, especially if they know the 28-year-old isn't going to re-sign in D.C. long term.

 

Conversely, one could make the argument that trading for Beal is a bit risky for the Warriors for the same reason mentioned above -- he can sign elsewhere after the 2021-22 campaign. So the Dubs would need significant assurance that the No. 3 overall pick from the 2012 draft absolutely is committed to calling Chase Center home for many years to come.

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Ultimately, will the Warriors be willing to give up Andrew Wiggins, Wiseman, Jordan Poole, the No. 7 and No. 14 overall picks in next week's draft and future picks to get their hands on Beal?

If no, what is the package that gets a potential transaction over the goal line?

We just might get a clear answer to that question very soon.

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