One of the most underrated players in the NBA is Wizards guard Bradley Beal. Beal, who plays like a 10 year vet, is only 26 years old and could be a corner stone for any team in the league. With that being said, the Celtics should 100% trade for Beal and build around him, Kemba, and Tatum. Beal’s stock has also been on the rise this week because he is eligible for a nice extension with Washington.
With Bradley Beal eligible for a three-year, $111M extension on Friday, Wizards GM Tommy Sheppard tells ESPN: "At the very first moment allowed, we are going to offer Brad the full max…" Story includes reaction from Beal's agent Mark Bartelstein. https://t.co/aJS5JvRak1
— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) July 22, 2019
This is where things get interesting. Beal, who’s only 26 but feels like he has been in the league for years, is about to enter the prime of his career and with Washington on the rebuild, Beal is looking for an out. Here’s where the Celtics can come and make Washington an offer.
For starters, lets assume that all the money works and that this trade will be given the green light from a financial standpoint and player one too. The player centered around this trade would be Boston’s Jaylen Brown, who is entering the final year of his rookie deal. Brown wants an extension from the Celtics, but does he deserve it?
A lot of Celtic fans will say yes, to which I’ll say what games have you been watching. Brown was horrible last year, and his inconsistencies have always been an issue. I also don’t think Brown is that good, and that his ceiling isn’t something to overpay for. I don’t think he is going to get the money he is looking for from them. Brown probably see’s himself as a 5/$170M type player or maybe even a little less. Only reason he might ask for that is because Ben Simmons recently signed that and he doesn’t know which hand to shoot with.
Anyway, I don’t think any logical basketball mind thinks Brown is worth a big extension especially when he hasn’t proven anything, and neither do the Celtics.
— Brian Robb (@BrianTRobb) July 11, 2019
This “standoff” tends to happen when a player is in a proven year of his career, and Brown has to play up to his potential if he wants that Celtic extension. However, if the Celtics don’t think Brown can live up to that and know he is a replaceable player (which he 100% is) then make this trade for Beal with Brown as the focal point.
Beal is four years older than Brown, and better than Brown will ever be. If Celtics fans are serious about winning now then Brown for Beal makes sense. But, you’d also be trading away Marcus Smart who I would hate to lose, Romeo Langford who was a terrible pick, and probably some draft picks.
The Celtics would be a lock to get to the Finals if they trade for Beal. A Celtics lineup with Kemba, Beal, Tatum, Hayward, and Kanter would by far be the best in the East and can match-up with anyone in the West. If Danny Ainge really is this great GM then he’ll find a way.
John McCormack (Uncle_Mac4)