Trade No. 1 – Washington Wizards
Miami Heat Receive: G Bradley Beal
Washington Wizards Receive: F Duncan Robinson, G Kendrick Nunn, F Kelly Olynyk, MIA 2022 First Round Pick, MIA 2025 1st Round Pick
Getting Bradley Beal would be a dream come true for the Miami Heat’s front office, especially if they would be able to keep Tyler Herro.
The Washington Wizards would probably want Tyler Herro in any trade package for Bradley Beal, but at the end of the day, getting two young guys in Robinson and Nunn could be just as good for the Washington Wizards.
Last season, Duncan Robinson averaged 13.5 points, 3.2 rebounds, and shot 47% from the floor, 44.6% from the three-point range. He emerged as one of the best three-point shooters in the league last year, making a total of 270 three-pointers, third-most in the league, and ranking 4th in three-point shooting percentage.
Kendrick Nunn also had his impact on the Heat and was a big part of their success last year. During the regular season, the rookie averaged 15.3 points, 2.7 rebounds, 3.3 assists, and shot 35% from three-point range. He finished 2nd in the Rookie of the Year voting and shows a lot of potential moving forward to be a franchise point guard.
While the Wizards just traded for Russell Westbrook this offseason and have big plans for him and Bradley Beal moving forward, they have started the season as one of the worst teams in the league, which has to be concerning for Washington’s management.
They invested a lot into putting these two star players together and with things not working out, Washington could be willing to listen to what they could potentially get for Bradley Beal.
If there is one thing we all know about Pat Riley, it is that he wants to win and will do anything it takes to make sure his team is winning and in contention for championships. He was the mastermind behind getting LeBron James and Chris Bosh to Miami back in 2010 and brought in Jimmy Butler to lead the Miami Heat last NBA offseason. Riley and the Miami Heat front office are always targeting NBA superstars and All-Star level players, which is why going after Bradley Beal would not be surprising.
Jimmy Butler and Bradley Beal are in the primes of their careers, much like LeBron and Wade were during the “Big 3 era,” and Bam Adebayo is still getting better, which is a scary sight for teams around the league.
If the opportunity arises where Bradley Beal wants out of Washington and Miami is a destination he would want to go play for, the Heat must pull the trigger.