Wizards’ Bradley Beal gets a bucket against two defenders. Charlotte defeated Washington 122-105 during a game at the Capital One Arena in Washington, D.C. on Friday, February 23, 2018. Robert Eubanks/DC Sports Box
- The Charlotte Hornets
The Hornets receive: Bradley Beal
The Wizards receive Malik Monk, Michael Kidd-Gilchrist, Cody Zeller and a 2020 first round pick.
Charlotte’s stuck in a predicament, what are they going to do to keep Kemba Walker in a Hornets jersey for years to come?
During his eight-year tenure in Charlotte, the Hornets failed to surround Walker with sufficient talent to alleviate the offensive workload. From free agency to the draft, Charlotte is not getting it done. Pairing Bradley Beal with Kemba Walker is a boost in their chance’s of resigning Walker.
The Washington Wizards should look into the possibility of getting as much as they can for their star guard. Malik Monk, Michael Kidd-Gilchrist, and Cody Zeller are all players who could use a change of scenery, keep in mind these three are under the age of 27 and can still improve. Throw in a first rounder and the Wizards should at least think about the idea of getting back as much as they can for Beal. Washington should honestly do the same with John Wall, they’re due for a restart and should load up on assets for the future.
2. The Sacramento Kings:
The Kings receive: Bradley Beal and a 2020 protected second-round pick
The Wizards receive Buddy Hield, Nemanja Bjelica, Iman Shumpert and 2019 first round pick.
The Kings have their point guard of the future in De’Aaron Fox and should do everything possible to find the perfect backcourt mate. Buddy Hield has been a solid player for the Kings and should look to make an immediate impact for the injury-riddled Wizards. Let’s not forget Beal is only 25 with four more years of NBA experience, that playoff experience will surely benefit these young Kings in their pursuit for a playoff spot.
Nemanja Bjelicia will boost the lack of frontcourt players on the Wizards and will help stretch the floor when needed. Iman Shumpert is solely here to even out the finances but should add some versatility on the defensive end.
The Kings should look into receiving some draft compensation for giving up this year’s first-round pick, a protected second rounder should be sufficiently packaged with Bradley Beal.
3. The Toronto Raptors:
The Raptors receive: Bradley Beal
The Wizards: Danny Green, CJ Miles, OG Anunboy, 2019 first round pick, 2020 first round pick
The Raptors have to do everything in their power to wow Kawhi Leonard before he hits free agency this summer, adding Bradley Beal adds to their likelihood of resigning Leonard. Trading Danny Green will surely cause some friction between Leonard and the front office, but from a basketball decision, it’s the right move. Adding Beal to a backcourt that already features Kyle Lowry could give the Raptors the best backcourt in the Eastern Conference.
The Wizards will be at an advantage since they’re both in the same conference, with the Raptors doing anything it takes to keep Leonard in Toronto. Washington will ask for a hefty return, regardless of the team inquiring about Beal.
CJ Miles and OG Anunboy are players that can make the Wizards competitive during their restart. The real prize of the deal for Washington is the first rounders that should be at the top of the list in their demands for a player of Beal’s caliber. At least one of those first round picks should be included in a package, especially for when dealing with a conference rival.
The Raptors should inquire about Beal if they hope to retain Leonard this upcoming offseason.
4. The Los Angeles Lakers
The Lakers receive: Bradley Beal
The Wizards receive: Brandon Ingram, Kentavious Caldwell-Pope, Michael Beasley and a 2019 first round pick
The Lakers need another star if they have any chances of competing against the Warriors and a loaded Western Conference. Beal adds another offensive dimension to a team that lacks firepower when Lebron James and Kyle Kuzma are not on the court. L.A. has to cut ties with Brandon Ingram, he’s just not a fit alongside James and even without James he has not produced the way he has in the past.
A change of scenery is desperately needed if he looks to blossom into the player most thought he’d be coming out of Duke. At 21 years old the Wizards should have the patience to allow Ingram to develop under Scott Brooks. Let’s not forget Brooks coached Kevin Durant, the same player most compared Ingram too.
The key for the Wizards is to simply be patient with Ingram and do their due diligence for the draft if they look to build a bright future. Ingram packaged with a first rounder should be a step towards a solid rebuild.