With midseason quickly approaching, many NBA storylines we may not have expected at the beginning of the season are beginning to write themselves. Joel Embiid might not fit with the 76ers. Anthony Davis might finally want out of New Orleans. John Wall might be finally fed up with the Wizards’ management. Bradley Beal might want out of Washington too.
In real life, it may take a while for the logistics of a Bradley Beal trade to go through. In my world, however, I want trades to happen… FAST! I will take control of all the NBA teams to make the league more entertaining, give some teams a better future, and some a chance to compete with the top dogs right now.
DISCLAIMER: I KNOW THERE IS ABSOLUTELY NO CHANCE THIS TRADE GOES THROUGH. THIS IS FOR THEORETICAL ENTERTAINMENT PURPOSES ONLY
Three Team Trade Sends Bradley Beal to Los Angeles, Brandon Ingram to Washington
Wizards Recieve: Brandon Ingram (Lakers), Brandon Knight (Rockets), 2020 Second Round Pick (Rockets)
Lakers Recieve: Bradley Beal (Wizards), Carmelo Anthony (Rockets)
Rockets Recieve: Kentavious Caldwell-Pope (Lakers), Lance Stephenson (Lakers)
Wait! Before you click off thinking I just threw a bunch of random young players together, every piece of this trade was thought out and has an explanation. I know this wouldn’t ACTUALLY happen, but the trade actually helps all teams involved.
For the Wizards
The Wizards have been nothing short of a disaster this season. We should’ve seen it coming; after all, they’ve been a disappointment every single year of Wall and Beal paired together. It’s time to move on, and this is the perfect move for them to do so. Brandon Ingram has the chance to be a generational talent and is the perfect building block for a team lacking identity. Brandon Knight’s contract is unfortunate, yet the Wiz still save money letting go of Beal.
For the Lakers
Lebron James is still on the search for his second star, and the perfect fit may have become available. Bradley Beal is a great shooter, ball handler, and improving playmaker. He can hold his own on defense and is great playing at playing off of other players with star talent (like John Wall or Lebron James). The Lakers would likely only need to move on from one of their young stars along with Kentavious Caldwell-Pope in order for the contracts to match. To me, a very fair trade for the Lakers. Carmelo Anthony was added in somewhat as a joke. Lebron pondered the idea at playing with Melo, and if the rumors are true, he’s basically a free piece in the trade.
For the Rockets
The Rockets have been rumored recently to be on the lookout for another bench shooting guard to play alongside Harden and Chris Paul. With J.R. Smith and Caldwell-Pope each mentioned, this could be the Rocket’s opportunity to 1. acquire said shooting guard and 2. move on from a nasty contract. Brandon Knight is still yet to make an impact for Houston, and with two years left on his deal, there is no doubt in my mind the Rockets wouldn’t throw in a second-round pick to bring back two solid shooting guards to replace him and energize their struggling squad.