Grading four potential Warriors trade packages for Beal


As Bradley Beal continues to waste away in Washington, it's only a matter of time before the Wizards star follows in the footsteps of Anthony Davis, James Harden and others, pushing his way out of town.While NBA teams reportedly don't expect the Wizards to entertain offers for Beal, the NBA's leading scorer, at the moment, it feels like he'll be on his way out of the nation's capital sooner rather than later.No team might be better equipped to entice the Wizards to deal their best player than the Warriors. A package centering around James Wiseman and the Minnesota Timberwolves' 2021 top-three protected first-round pick is hard to top. That would give the Wizards three young elite talents to start their rebuild around (Washington also will have a top draft pick next year).While any trade package would start with those two assets, the Warriors also would have to find a way to match Beal's salary to make the deal work. Below, we will look at four potential deals -- all of which include Wiseman and the T-Wolves' pick -- that the Warriors could put together to snag Beal and restart their dynasty.

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Warriors get: Bradley Beal
Wizards get: Draymond Green, James Wiseman, Timberwolves' 2021 first-round pick, Warriors' 2023 first-round pick, future pick swap

Since Ernie Grunfeld isn't running the Wizards anymore, having Green in the trade is almost certainly a non-starter for a Wizards team that is entering a long rebuild. Washington needs to clear money off its books, and Green still has three years left on his contract after this season. His contract also includes a 15 percent trade kicker.

While his value to the Warriors' culture is clear, his production has slipped in recent seasons and he's no longer the All-Star forward he was in his heyday. Yes, Green and Russell Westbrook would be good culture-setters for a young Wizards team, but that isn't nearly as valuable a skill on a losing team.

The Warriors would have to add more draft capital to get the Wizards to take Green and even then, I think the answer is no.

Warriors grade: A-minus
Wizards grade: B-minus


Warriors get: Bradley Beal
Wizards get: Kelly Oubre, James Wiseman, Timberwolves' 2021 first-round pick

This is the trade that is most beneficial for both sides.

Oubre has been inconsistent for the Warriors and clearly isn't a part of their future plans. The 25-year-old will be a free agent after this season, meaning the Wizards can let him walk and take some of the financial pressure off their back as they rebuild around Wiseman, two top picks (Minnesota's and their own), Deni Avdija and Rui Hachimura.

This is a win-win.

Warriors grade: A
Wizards grade: B-plus


Warriors get: Bradley Beal
Wizards get: Andrew Wiggins, James Wiseman, Timberwolves' 2021 first-round pick, Warriors' 2023 first-round pick (top-20 protected)

Taking on Wiggins' massive contract is something most teams won't want to do. Yes, he's only 25 and has been more consistent since coming to Golden State. But for a team like the Wizards, who need to shed money as they rebuild, Wiggins doesn't quite fit the plan.

Washington could see the 2014 No. 1 overall pick as young enough to fit their timeline, but they also have to believe that they can get the best out of him in the same way that Steve Kerr and the Warriors have. That's too much to ask of Scott Brooks and a roster filled with young but relatively unproven talent and a broken-down Westbrook.

Would another first-round pick be enough for the Wizards to take Wiggins and get the Warriors some financial breathing room? Doubtful.

Warriors grade: A-minus
Wizards grade: B-plus


Warriors get: Bradley Beal
Wizards get: Klay Thompson, James Wiseman, Timberwolves' 2021 first-round pick

Before you start, no the Warriors are not going to dump Thompson after two devastating leg injuries. He's bound to finish his career where he started it -- alongside Steph Curry.

But, for money purposes, Thompson is the only other player who fits in. So, let's briefly flesh this out.

Yes, Thompson hasn't played since Game 6 of the 2019 NBA Finals. But before he tore his ACL, he was at the peak of his powers. His knee was 100 percent before he tore his right Achilles. Having seen the recovery of Kevin Durant and John Wall, would the Wizards want to take Thompson and bet that he too will return to his apex?

Perhaps, but Thompson, like Green, doesn't fit the Wizards' current timeline. Washington has to completely tear everything down and build it back from the ground up. The Wizards already are on the hook for Westbrook's contract, and Thompson signed a five-year, $189 million extension with the Warriors prior to last season.

That's too hefty of a bill for Washington to pay.

From the Warriors' side, part of the allure of Beal is the thought of pairing him with Curry and Thompson next season, giving the Warriors a dynamic trio who can rival the best superstar pairings in the NBA.

Klay isn't going anywhere.

Warriors grade: B (dinged for lack of loyalty)
Wizards grade: B

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