NBA Trade Rumors: Two Ways Miami Heat Can Save Bradley Beal

Published 01/27/2021, 12:30 PM EST
Jan 26, 2021; Houston, Texas, USA; Washington Wizards guard Bradley Beal (3) reacts during the fourth quarter against the Houston Rockets at Toyota Center. Mandatory Credit: Carmen Mandato/Pool Photo-USA TODAY Sports


The Washington Wizards brought in Russell Westbrook in the off-season to support Bradley Beal. After two seasons of missing out on the playoffs, the Wizards didn’t want a third season of the same. But after 13 games, the Wizards sit at the bottom of the Eastern Conference.

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During their loss against the Rockets last night, Beal looked distressed on the bench as he watched his team get blown out by 19 points. Once again, rumors linking him to the Miami Heat sprang up. They have been linked with him for a while now, but they haven’t made an approach yet.

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Beal has been loyal all these years, but it might be the best time for him to get out. He is in his prime right now, and moving to a competent franchise like the Heat can save his career. Here are two trades that the Heat could offer to get him out of the Wizards.

Multiple picks, plus a player they want

The Wizards either want Duncan Robinson or Tyler Herro in any trade for Beal. But the Heat have been clear about their untouchable status for Herro, so Robinson will have to be included. The other players are just to make up the salary, while the two first round picks are the sweeteners.

Andre Iguodala can be a great mentor for the young Deni Avdija, while Kelly Olynyk can fill in for the injured Thomas Bryant.

Last resort if Bradley Beal demands to be traded

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If Beal officially requests to be traded, the Wizards might be forced to accept a lower value trade for him. If this happens, the Heat will be keen to hold on to Robinson, but could throw in Kendrick Nunn instead.

The Wizards have been poor all season, and a player like Beal deserves much better. Despite averaging a league-high 34 points per game, the team hasn’t rallied behind him. He is better off at a team like the Heat, who also need him badly. Jimmy Butler is not an elite scorer, which is why pairing him up with a player like Beal could be lethal.

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They lose a few rotational pieces in such a trade, but the Heat can dig into the remaining free agents and fill out their roster. With the rise of the Nets’ Big 3, the Heat needs this trade to stay competitive in the East.

Jan 9, 2021; Washington, District of Columbia, USA; Miami Heat forward Jimmy Butler (22) guards Washington Wizards center Robin Lopez (15) during the first half at Capital One Arena. Mandatory Credit: Tommy Gilligan-USA TODAY Sports

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Aaron Mathew

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Aaron Mathew is a sports analyst at EssentiallySports. A graduate in Mass Media from Xavier’s College, Aaron has been a part of EssentiallySports since May 2020 where he covers both NBA and NCAA basketball news, and has also covered NBA 2K. In the past, Aaron has worked at the Sports Desk of Mumbai Mirror.

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