The Washington Wizards managed to make the most of final portion of the NBA regular season. When Bradley Beal and Russell Westbrook shared the floor to carry the team down the stretch, it resulted in enough success to finish with the No. 8 record in the Eastern Conference.
Going forward, does it make sense to keep a team intact with an All-Star backcourt that barely scrapes by to make the playoffs? Traditionally, the hard part is finding elite talents to build around and Washington has done so. But Washington has made the supporting cast element seem like a virtually impossible feat and it has entirely limited the team from winning with Beal.
Using NBA Draft assets on underwhelming threats like Rui Hachimura and Deni Avdija and failing to make difference-making NBA free agency acquisitions while having a genuinely poor defense has sorely limited the Wizards. Unless Washington has a few ideas to turn things around in a hurry, it appears inevitable they will end up trading their All-Star backcourt to rebuild, at some point.
The topic of who the Wizards could pursue or what skill-sets are needed is certainly an intriguing debate to be had. However, the focus in this context will be on a team in the Sacramento Kings who need to acquire a dynamic talent to take the next step. Could they be a dark-horse team to watch for Bradley Beal? This will be something to monitor in NBA trade rumors.
Let’s take a look at an NBA trade scenario from Bleacher Report’s Andy Bailey centered around Bradley Beal being sent from the Washington Wizards to the Sacramento Kings.