Fewer players have been shrouded by more trade rumors over the past two seasons more than Wizards shooting guard Bradley Beal.
Despite Beal signing a two-year maximum extension last year and his agent downplaying rumors, speculation has remained that Washington might deal the franchise star after combining for just 57 wins over the last two seasons. If the Wizards do decide to entertain offers, NBC Sports NBA Insider Tom Haberstroh believes the Golden State Warriors would have the draft picks to make a deal.
“The Warriors certainly have the package to get the deal done,” Haberstroh told NBC Sports Bay Area. “But I wonder if the Wizards want to see Brad Beal next to John Wall and potentially Davis Bertans and Thomas Bryant next season.”
Golden State owns both the No. 2 pick in this year’s NBA draft and the Minnesota Timberwolves’ top-three protected first-round pick in 2021. The Warriors will return for the 2020-21 season with a healthy core of Stephen Curry, Klay Thompson, Draymond Green and Andrew Wiggins. Trading one or both of those picks would net them a fifth star to insert into their rotation.
Beal would be an interesting but exciting fit for an offense that has already proven it can produce at record levels.
“The Golden State Warriors would absolutely thrive with Brad Beal,” Haberstroh said when asked if the Wizards star is worth all of Golden State's assets. “[He] is an amazing shooter and a guy that gets to the rack and gets free throws, kind of like James Harden, but just younger, I think that's the ceiling you have.”
Though it would force the Warriors to get creative on defense, Beal would be a huge boost for a team trying to jump back into contention after a 15-win season. But ultimately, the decision lies with Beal and the Wizards. With John Wall returning from his own set of injuries, Washington may like to see what it has left in the Beal/Wall combo.