A massive blockbuster trade proposal has the Washington Wizards dealing away their longtime franchise star, Bradley Beal, to a top team in the Eastern Conference.
Beal has been the subject of trade rumors for several years now. With the Wizards coming off a fifth straight losing season, and a sixth straight year of failing to win a playoff series, this offseason feels like the right time to trade Beal.
At NBA Analysis Network, James Piercey proposed an intriguing trade idea in that has Washington sending its All-Star guard and Kyle Kuzma to the Philadelphia 76ers in exchange for Tobias Harris, Tyrese Maxey, Furkan Korkmaz, De’Anthony Melton and a 2029 first-round pick:
“In the aggregate, this doesn’t look like a great summer for the Sixers.
They’re losing James Harden, Tyrese Maxey, and Tobias Harris. In the process, theyre adding Bradley Beal and Kyle Kuzma. It’s difficult to call that an upgrade.
On the other hand, the sum could be greater than the parts. Beal is a more active off-ball player than Harden. He may be a more natural fit alongside Joel Embiid. If this duo clicks, they could be explosive…The Sixers would be banking on a more cohesive roster to lead to improvement – even at the expense of talent. What other choice do they have? “
The 76ers are coming off yet another frustrating exit from the second round, having fallen to the Boston Celtics in seven games. The team has already made one notable change, firing head coach Doc Rivers after three years at the helm.
It has also been widely reported that All-Star guard James Harden is keen on returning to the Houston Rockets. If he ends up leaving Philadelphia, the 76ers will have a giant offensive void to fill.
This proposal from Piercey certainly makes sense for both sides. The 76ers would be getting the best player in the deal in Beal, as well as another reliable scorer in Kuzma. For Washington, such a deal would land them a 22-year-old phenom in Maxey plus two other useful assets in Harris and Melton.
One way or another, expect the 76ers to be among the busiest clubs this offseason as they try to finally get over the hump in the Eastern Conference.
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