For the last few NBA seasons, the Washington Wizards have lost significant ground in the Eastern Conference pecking order, and star shooting guard Bradley Beal has inched closer to the trade block. There are more than a few potential suitors out there given his upside as a scorer, we've yet to see a serious deal on the table.
The most recent team to come up in the rumor mill? The Brooklyn Nets, per Stefan Bondy of the New York Daily News. Since Beal is not a free agent until 2022, Brooklyn would have to put together a compelling trade package to get Beal out of DC once and for all -- and there are good reasons why they shouldn't go for it.
While it makes sense that Brooklyn is looking to add a third start to go along with a healthy Kyrie Irving and Kevin Durant for 2020 and beyond, Beal is not necessarily the right fit. Irving and Durant are ball-dominant scorers, something Beal has developed into while John Wall has been out with major injuries in DC. His skills as a facilitator have shown improvement, but the fact remains that there's only one basketball. Is he really going to sacrifice in order to let Kyrie and KD eat?
It's likely that Brooklyn would need to gut its roster in order to add Beal. Talented players like Spencer Dinwiddie, Caris Levert and Jarrett Allen all turned from potential supporting cast members to potential trade chips for the future, but sacrificing them all isn't a wise move. And this doesn't even mention Beal's lackluster defensive contributions, which make him a questionable backcourt partner for Irving, who himself is known as a non-factor on D.
It still conjecture as of right now, but once the offseason hits, the Beal rumors will start flying once again. Brooklyn will have to put up significant assets in order to get the Wizards All-Star to Kings County, and Sean Marks and Co. will need to consider long and hard if such a plunge is truly worth it.