The Washington Wizards traded forward Otto Porter Jr. to the Chicago Bulls for Bobby Portis and Jabari Parker. Washington’s owner promised a week ago that him, Bradley Beal, and John Wall wouldn’t be involved in any trades. That promise has been broken.
Porter Jr. is only 25 years old. With the NBA Trade Deadline in store for Thursday, is it possible that Bradley Beal could be on his way out to of Washington D.C.?
It could very well be the case because contending teams need a shooting guard. The Oklahoma City Thunder, the Los Angeles Lakers, the Indiana Pacers, and the San Antonio Spurs are some possible teams that could be a good fit for him.
A trade that would work for the Washington Wizards and the Oklahoma City Thunder is Bradley Beal for Jerami Grant, Patrick Patterson, Alex Abrines, and Hamidou Diallo. Oklahoma City would probably have to throw in at least two first-round picks in the trade.
The potential starting five for the Oklahoma City Thunder would be: (C) Steven Adams (PF) Paul George (SF) Terrance Ferguson, (SG) Bradley Beal, and (PG) Russell Westbrook.
Key bench players: (C) Nerlens Noel, (PG) Dennis Schroder, (SF) Abdel Nader, and (PG) Raymond Felton. Andre Roberson would be a huge addition to the bench if he ever returns from injury.
Bradley Beal is only 25 years old. His contract isn’t up until after the 2020-2021 season. Beal will be owed $25 million for the rest of this season. He will be owed $27 million next and he will be owed $28 million the season after.
Bradley Beal is averaging 24.8 PPG, 5.1 RPG, 5.1 APG, 0.8 BPG, and 1.3 SPG so far this season. John Wall will be out the next 12 months with an Achilles injury so this might be the perfect time for the Washington Wizards to completely start over.
The trade I mentioned would put the Oklahoma City Thunder as serious title contenders in the Western Conference. They currently sit in third place in the west with a 34-19 record and Oklahoma City is 3.5 games back of the Golden State Warriors for the number one seed in the Western Conference.
That starting lineup would go toe-to-toe with Golden State. And as for the Washington Wizards, this would be a rebuilding mode for them and freeing up cap space.