Nets Have Internally Discussed Pursuing Bradley Beal

With Kyrie Irving and Kevin Durant locked into long-term deals, the Nets may be in the market for a third star and have internally discussed potential avenues of acquiring Wizards guard Bradley Beal, reports Stefan Bondy of The New York Daily News.

The fact that these conversations have only happened “internally” is an important detail, since it’s unlikely the Wizards would actually engage in any trade discussions for Beal at this point. He signed a two-year contract extension last fall and there have been no indications that he wants to leave D.C., even as the club appears set to miss the playoffs again in 2019/20. The 26-year-old spoke in March about wanting to finish his career with the franchise.

Additionally, even before Beal extended his contract with Washington, new general manager Tommy Sheppard talked repeatedly about having no desire to consider trading the star shooting guard. Now that Beal is locked up through at least 2021/22, that stance is unlikely to change this offseason.

Still, in the event that anything does change for the Wizards and Beal, Brooklyn is worth monitoring as a possible trade partner, given the team’s cache of intriguing assets. In addition to possessing all of their own first-round picks starting in 2021, the Nets could make productive players like Caris LeVert, Spencer Dinwiddie, and Jarrett Allen available if it means adding another star. They should be well equipped to make a run at any impact player who might hit the trade market in the coming months, even if that player isn’t Beal.

With John Wall out for the season, Beal enjoyed the most productive year of his career in 2019/20, averaging 30.5 PPG, 6.1 APG, and 4.2 RPG in 57 games (36.0 MPG). Wall is expected to be ready to go for the start of the ’20/21 campaign, increasing the likelihood that the Wizards will push for a return to the postseason next year rather than breaking up their star backcourt.

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29 thoughts on “Nets Have Internally Discussed Pursuing Bradley Beal

  1. mlbnyyfan

    Why would Washington trade with Brooklyn. There number one picks will be in the late teens. The Knicks picks are a given in top 10. Beal needs to come to MSG

    • jonnyzuck

      The Knicks can really only offer picks, Brooklyn can offer some players with promise. Still, I’m not sure that Beal is a great fit with Brooklyn or that Washington even wants to move Beal

    • natsfan3437

      Because the draft is not very good, and Brooklyn has multiple young players with value where as the knicks have one.

    • The Human Rain Delay

      I think theres more of a chance Beal goes to a “ready made” team as a hopeful last piece than a start-up Co in the Knicks but just a gut feeling-

      Not even sure it makes sense to trade Beal unless you get a nice over-pay deal to begin with if you are the Wiz

  2. seattlesuperfan

    Brooklyn was good before kyrie and KD and now they want to tear down what they built for some stars smh

    • Freddie Morales

      I’m a Nets fan and they were a 6 seed at best with a chance to shock someone and win a series in the playoffs. They only got rid of DLo. I’d take Kyrie and KD over DLo any day of the week.

  3. The Human Rain Delay

    Its a nice thought but wheres the fire power for the Wizards

    Couple picks in the 20’s, not that many controllable years from said young players on Nets…..

    Not enough firepower for Beal in this org, Wiz could get so much more from other teams

  4. jump shot

    They (Washington) ain’t winning sh -oops- nothing with Beal and their current coach/roster. To be able to get LeVert, Dimwiddie, and Allen for Beal is a hulluva step in the right direction. A couple steps, actually. And, yes… I said DIMwiddie. He can play – even if he wants his compensation in nickels and dimes instead of direct deposit. Udoka to Washington is another step forward.

    • Appalachian_Outlaw

      The thing is if Washington trades Beal, then it’s a full rebuild in DC almost. LeVert would be a nice piece, if they went that route. Dinwiddie is good, but they’d only be getting him for one (lost) season most likely. Beyond that, what do the Nets have? As others have stated, the picks will be 20 somethings. At best you’re getting a decent roleplayer there.

      It makes sense the Nets would be interested on their end. Just can’t see why the Wiz would want to do this.

    • The Human Rain Delay

      I mean its a year of Spence and Allen and its not like LaVert is on some bargain base deal currently-

      Very feasible they could have Only an underwater contract in Lavert by 22 to show if they pulled this off

      Beal would probably be the most exciting thing moving this off-season if Wash choses…..this wont be the return unless Bill O Brien is running the Wizards as well

    • Averagebro

      Why on Earth would Tommy Sheppard want that trash collection of players?

  5. If Nets are having internal discussions that is going public, isn’t this tampering?

    • hOsEbEeLiOn


      If the nets front office had someone of prominence publicly say we want Bradley Beal during an interview it’d be tampering. Gm, coach, owner, players

      Some reporter getting and reporting info they heard from a 3rd party isn’t tampering.

      Teams can discuss anything they want. Players, coaches, etc internally. League will never be able and shouldn’t even attempt to control that.

      But when you make direct comments to the public mentioning those names it becomes tampering.

  6. mlbnyyfan

    Knicks trade Knox, Frank, DSJ, Randle, and 3 number ones should get it done. If not Beal go after Booker. So many Anti Knicks people. Is that because of Dolan or what. NBA needs the Knicks to get back to there winning ways.

    • El Don

      Why does the NBA need the Knicks to win?
      BTW what do you mean “to get back to there winning ways”?
      Knicks never been a winning team, not since the days of black & white telly… that was a fun statement, right?

    • Freddie Morales

      The problem is that all of those guys are just awful and everyone knows it except Knicks fans. You gave away KP for absolutely no reason at his lowest value. At least should have waited til the off-season. DSJ should not be on a roster. Randle is better off in Big3, Knox and Frank are bench players. draft picks are just that. you take proven commodity over picks. look at the Lakers trading everyone for AD.

  7. Averagebro

    I Have Internally Discussed Pursuing Halle Berry.

    I think the Nets and I have the same chances.

  8. Wiz are unlikely to shop Beal, at least until Wall gets back and they play together some. But if they did, they would not be getting back anything to close to the type of packages being bandied about, and certainly no team like the Knicks is going to send them their own remote 1st’s unprotected. To what end? To someday be as good as the Wiz? The Wiz are only a few games ahead of the Knicks in the standings, and were 18 games under ,500 last year, and this is with Beal playing the best BB of his career.

    • Appalachian_Outlaw

      I don’t see how you can say that so surely. Look what LA paid for AD, AND they had some leverage. Beal isn’t AD, but he’s good. I think he’d fetch more than you believe.

      • You’re making my argument for me. Beal isn’t AD. Big difference in asset value between a generational talent like AD, and a sometimes AS like Beal. Plus, Lakers didn’t give up (for AD) future remote picks that are likely to be at the very top of the draft – having LeBron along with AD likely meant their days of having those picks were over. Nobody really gives up multiple remote picks that figure to be that high. Even the Nets (when they made the Boston trade) didn’t figure they were giving up three top 10 picks.

    • x%sure

      Agree, Beal had a minus on/off and ortg-drtg. I think you want more from a 2G than *he makes his shots*. Hate to simplify but he gets so much mention and so much in suggested trade.

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