NBA Rumors: 3 Trades That Will Prevent Washington Wizards From Losing Bradley Beal

Published 01/11/2021, 2:52 PM EST
Dec 29, 2020; Washington, District of Columbia, USA; Washington Wizards guard Bradley Beal (3) gestures during the first half against the Chicago Bulls at Capital One Arena. Mandatory Credit: POOL PHOTOS-USA TODAY Sports

When the Washington Wizards traded John Wall to bring in former MVP Russell Westbrook to the team , it looked like they finally had a real chance to make it to the playoffs.


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Ten games into the regular season, the Wizards have the worst record in the NBA with eight losses. Westbrook does have four triple doubles but hasn’t been effective by any means. His fit with Beal looks shaky, to say the least.

Dec 26, 2020; Washington, District of Columbia, USA; Washington Wizards guard Russell Westbrook (4) stands on the court with Wizards guard Bradley Beal (3) against the Orlando Magic in the second quarter at Capital One Arena. Mandatory Credit: Geoff Burke-USA TODAY Sports

The young players Rui Hachimura and Thomas Bryant have been impressive but lack experience. Davis Bertans who signed a massive contract this off-season hasn’t replicated last season’s form and is shooting only 32.5% from the three point line.


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This disappointing start has fueled the trade rumors surrounding their star Bradley Beal. Beal has been putting up monstrous numbers across the board averaging 35 points, 4.6 assists and 5 rebounds per game. The 2-time All-Star is in his prime right now and will be eager to compete for the championship soon.

We take a look at the possible trades that can convince Beal to stay with the Wizards

1. Trade for Atlanta Hawks’ John Collins

The Wizards were dealt with a huge blow when their young center Thomas Bryant suffered from an ACL injury against the Heat. Bryant showed immense potential in the ten games he played. With Bryant injured, the Wizards should look to bring in an able replacement.

Dec 11, 2020; Atlanta, Georgia, USA; Atlanta Hawks forward John Collins (20) has the ball knocked away from him by Orlando Magic guard Dwayne Bacon (8) during the first half at State Farm Arena. Mandatory Credit: Dale Zanine-USA TODAY Sports

Atlanta Hawks’ star John Collins might be the answer. With a fit Clint Capela in the side, Collins has a much more depleted role in the team. He is reportedly unhappy with the way fellow star Trae Young is running the offense.

This might be the chance for the Wizards to swoop in to bring in the disgruntled star. He can be a great addition to the side and might become a part of the Big Three of the Wizards.

2. Trade for Sacramento Kings’ Marvin Bagley III

The Marvin Bagley III trade saga has been going on for ages now. The number two pick of the 2019 draft hasn’t been given enough minutes in his time with the Kings.

Jan 2, 2021; Houston, Texas, USA; David Nwaba #0 of the Houston Rockets puts up a basket against Marvin Bagley III #35 of the Sacramento Kings during the second quarter at Toyota Center on January 02, 2021 in Houston, Texas. Mandatory Credit: Carmen Mandato/Pool Photo-USA TODAY Sports

Even Bagley’s parents have demanded a trade for the 21-year-old. The Wizards should look to capitalize on this situation. With Bagley desperate to part ways with the Kings, the team might accept the if a team like the Wizards approach.

Bagley over the time has shown that he can be a solid stretch five option. He has shown flashes of superstar potential, but has been inconsistent. If the Wizards give him enough playing time, they might have a future All-Star in their ranks.

3. Add Derrick Rose to the backcourt of Bradley Beal and Russell Westbrook

The Wizards have a big problem on their bench. Offensively their bench is the sixth worst in the league. This was pretty evident against the 76ers as Beal dropped his career high 60 points and the Wizards still lost the game.

Jan 1, 2021; Detroit, Michigan, USA; Detroit Pistons guard Derrick Rose (25) drives past Boston Celtics guard Jeff Teague (55) during the first quarter at Little Caesars Arena. Mandatory Credit: Tim Fuller-USA TODAY Sports

Adding a veteran scorer like Derrick Rose might help the side. Rose has been in great form for the Pistons this season, averaging 13.9 points, 5.4 assists, and 2 rebounds per game. This makes him one of the best bench players in the league.


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With the addition of Rose, the Wizards can take some load off of Bradley Beal and Russell Westbrook.



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Aditya Mohapatra

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Aditya Mohapatra is a sports enthusiast who primarily covers the NBA for EssentiallySports. Having graduated in Mass Communication, he has prior experience in writing for ABP News, and has been writing for EssentiallySports since November 2020. This die-hard Los Angeles Lakers fan feels that LeBron James is the best thing to have ever happened to the NBA, and will hold a healthy debate with anyone suggesting otherwise.