The Washington Wizards have announced that everyone is on the market. John Wall stands out to most as the big-ticket pick up but I see it differently. Bradley Beal seems like the better fit for most teams. He will bring shooting, defense and he is not as big a jerk as John Wall. Where would he be the best fit? He has a big salary but can be worth the risk for a team looking to compete.
Unlikely but intriguing: Milwaukee Bucks
The Bucks are on the cusp of being great. Eric Bledsoe has stepped up in a leadership role to go along with Giannis and Khris Middleton. Adding a guard the caliber of Bradley Beal would put them over the top. Beal would give them a guard that they can rely upon to handle the scoring load if Giannis is off the court. A lineup featuring multiple All- Stars would be too much to handle.
Bucks give up: Malcom Brogdon, Tony Snell, future first rounder this trade is unlikely because Washington would want more young talent but its worth a shot.
Makes sense: Charlotte Hornets
The Hornets are in desperate need for a second star. That star could be Bradley Beal, along side Kemba Walker they could have debatably the best backcourt in the NBA. Beal would be a much better fit along side Kemba when compared to Wall. He’s a better shooter and just generally more active when not controlling possessions. Micheal Jordan wants to make a contender out of Charlotte, refusing to move Kemba Walker. This move could be a way to help Kemba stay at the end of the season.
Hornets give up: Malik Monk, MKG, 2019 first-rounder. Monk would be a nice center piece for a team trying to rebuild as well as a 2019 first rounder.
Makes too much sense: Detroit Pistons
The Pistons made a splash last season adding Blake Griffin to play along side team cornerstone Andre Drummond. This season they should make another bold move by adding Bradley Beal to the mix. Detroit has had an ever turning ferris wheel of two guards flow through their rotation, names like Reggie Bullock, Langston Galloway, Ish Smith, Glen Robinson, and Luke Kennard have all had time playing the role of starter. These are not the cream of the crop for a team looking to contend.
Detroit currently ranks 29th in the league in three point % at just 31.6% on the season. In todays shooter friendly NBA that is going to hold you back. Adding Beal will force the defense to the outside and limit the double teams on the the two star bigs Griffin and Drummond.
Pistons give up: 2019 first round pick, Reggie Bullock,Stanley Johnson, and take on the full contract.
Should do it: Los Angeles Lakers
You should always place shooters around Lebron James. Adding Bradley Beal would not only give you a shooter but a player that can be perfect as your third star after the summer. Los Angeles will likely be looking to add a big contract in the summer, many have looked at Klay Thompson as an additional piece to the puzzle, but maybe the piece could be Bradley Beal. He is a similar player skill wise, (Klay is probably better) and you can get him for a cheap price of bench players.
The Lakers are looking to contend next year, why not make your moves now.
Lakers give up: Josh Hart, KCP, 2019 first round pick