Here we go again.
The Brooklyn Nets have "internally discussed avenues of acquiring Washington Wizards guard Bradley Beal," according to a report Thursday by the New York Daily News' Stefan Bondy. This is just the latest in a line of Beal trade rumors over the last year or so.
Beal, who's currently having the best statistical season of his career, averaging 30.5 points and 6.1 assists on 46% shooting, would make a perfect third star for a Nets team that already has Kevin Durant and Kyrie Irving. Heck, he'd make a perfect star for any team in the NBA.
However, there are a few large hurdles Brooklyn would have to overcome in order to get said deal done.
Number one, the Wizards have shown no interest in trading Beal to anybody. Period. Team owner Ted Leonsis and general manager Tommy Sheppard have stood firm on their plans to retain Beal, as well as Davis Bertans, in order to run things back next season with a healthy five-time All-Star point guard, John Wall (remember the highly anticipated trade deadline?).
Number two, Beal's commitment to making things work in the nation's capital has been well documented -- this season even more than in previous years.
"For me, I look at Kobe, I look at D-Wade [Dwyane Wade], I look at Dirk [Nowitzki], U.D. [Udonis Haslem], how they can stay in one situation for a long time," Beal told ESPN's Marc Spears in an interview back in March.
"If I can control it, I will finish in D.C."
Lastly, does Brooklyn have the assets to force Washington's hand, amongst all the other cards stacked against them in this situation?
"The Nets will have to match salaries for any trade, with Beal earning roughly $29 million next season," Bondy said. "Assuming Durant and 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)."
Is this nothing? No. It's absolutely believable that an organization immersed in their championship window "internally discussed" trading for one of the best shooting guards in the NBA who's on a struggling team.
Is it likely? I doubt it.
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