There are rumors that the Brooklyn Nets are interested in acquiring Bradley Beal from the Washington Wizards after Beal just had the best season of his career averaging 30.5 points and 6.1 assists per game for his 24 win club.
Beal would be joining Kyrie Irving and Kevin Durant in the weirdest Big 3 we’ve seen thus far. Here is a little excerpt from the New York Daily News report:
“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 Washington (24-40) is again lottery-bound.”
Now, both Bradley Beal and the Wizards have both come out and said that they want to stay together and they’re not letting the Nets liking all of Beal’s photos and sliding into his DMs affect their relationship.
If you’re the Washington Wizards who won 24 games this season with Beal, it probably behooves you to move on from Brad Beal. Having his huge deal along with John Wall’s and missing the playoffs every year is silly.
You’re most likely getting at least two first-round draft picks along with Caris LeVert and Spencer Dinwiddie to match salaries so you’re getting draft assets and you’re instantly replacing Beal’s scoring with two younger bucket-getters—one of which can get you into Bitcoin so that’s a nice little benefit.
You could build around Caris LeVert, last year’s lottery pick Rui Hachimura and whoever you select with this year’s lottery pick. You could try to move John Wall. Let him start releasing some hype videos on Instagram of him running coast to coast and dunking and shit and some team will bite.
No doubt in my mind you could get the Knicks on the phone and get more assets to stash with the picks you get from Brooklyn. Just stick up New York State and run every team’s pockets.
But does Brad Beal fit with the Brooklyn Nets?
We all saw what this team looks like with Kyrie Irving leading them. Bad.
I feel like we don’t talk enough about how Kyrie Irving teams perform better when he’s injured and can’t play. I mean, I know it’s discussed but it is hilarious and needs far more attention from NBA media.
Now that Kevin Durant is set to return from an Achilles next season, you would hear a constant barrage of ‘there’s not enough basketballs’ talk even though that has literally never been a problem before.
James Harden played great with both Chris Paul and Russell Westbrook. It was a nonfactor. Durant played brilliantly with Steph Curry and Klay Thompson in Golden State. These guys typically figure these things out fairly easily.
That being said, Kyrie is a sociopath who couldn’t make it work with Gordon Hayward and Jayson Tatum—two guys who appear to have no problem playing off the ball and taking over when the game calls for it.
Bradley Beal’s relationship with John Wall is hanging on by a thread. Pairing him with another ball-dominant injury-prone point guard would most likely blow up in Brooklyn’s face.
But it’s the NBA. Get all of the superstars you can and figure out the chemistry shit later. If you can turn D’Angelo Russell, Rondae Hollis-Jefferson, Spencer Dinwiddie and Caris LeVert into Kyrie Irving, Kevin Durant and Brad Beal then you pull that trigger 11 times out of time.