The Warriors are loaded with valuable assets this offseason, with the No. 2 overall pick in this year's NBA draft in their possession, as well as the Minnesota Timberwolves' top-three protected pick in the 2021 draft.
Because of this, rumors have swirled for months about whom the Warriors might pursue in a blockbuster trade should they decide to use the picks as an enticing package.
While big names such as 76ers stars Joel Embiid and Ben Simmons have been floated, it's unclear whether the Sixers will break up that duo or if they would find the Warriors' assets to be sufficient enough to pull off a trade.
According to NBC Sports NBA Insider Tom Haberstroh, the Warriors do have the trade assets required to obtain another star that has been rumored to potentially be on the market: Washington Wizards guard Bradley Beal.
"The Warriors certainly have the package to get the deal done," Haberstroh told NBC Sports Bay Area. "But I wonder if the Wizards want to see Brad Beal next to John Wall and potentially Davis Bertans and Thomas Bryant next season."
Wall, a former All-Star, once paired with Beal to form one of the more formidable backcourts in the NBA. But due to multiple injuries including an Achilles tear, he missed all of this season and only has appeared in 32 games over the last two years.
The Wizards, meanwhile, have been near the bottom of the Eastern Conference standings for the last couple seasons, which have led many to wonder if it is time for a roster overhaul. Trading Beal for a package of young players and picks could ignite their rebuild.
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Beal has been getting buckets for years now, but the Wizards demise has kept his stardom in relative obscurity. In 57 games this season, Beal averaged a career-high 30.5 points per game, to go with six assists and four rebounds. He shot a solid 45.5 percent from the field and 35.3 percent from behind the arc on over eight attempts per game. In his career, Beal is an efficient 38 percent shooter from long range.
"The Golden State Warriors would absolutely thrive with Brad Beal," Haberstroh said when asked if the Wizards star is worth all of Golden State's assets. "[He] is an amazing shooter and a guy that gets to the rack and gets free throws, kind of like James Harden, but just younger, I think that's the ceiling you have."
Fitting Beal into the lineup may be seamless offensively, but defensively is a different story. Beal is a natural shooting guard, the same position that Klay Thompson has played his entire career. At 6-foot-3, Beal has more of the physical makeup of an NBA point guard, like Steph Curry, which makes the pairing suspect defensively in the backcourt.
Haberstroh projects the Warriors would play Beal as a two, and move Klay to the three. But while Thompson does have the size to guard small forwards, adding Beal would mean the length and defensive flexibility the Dubs once had would be hard to replicate.
In the end, though, the firepower on offense the Warriors would assemble might be enough to make up for any regression on defense. Should Beal become available, the Dubs might be excited to test that theory.