Bradley Beal Trade to the Denver Nuggets?

The Denver Nuggets are currently in the second round of a playoff series against the Los Angeles Clippers. Denver lost Game 3 by a score of 113-107 against Los Angeles. If the Nuggets lost this series to the Clippers, could Denver decide to trade for Washington Wizards shooting guard Bradley Beal in the offseason?

Denver is Down

Well, Denver was already down 3-1 in the first-round against the Utah Jazz and they could have very well lost that series if Mike Conley Jr. didn’t miss that three-point shot in Game 7 as time expired after Jerami Grant missed a layup late in that game.

If the Denver Nuggets don’t win this series and I don’t think they are going to, this will be the second consecutive season that they will have been bounced in the second round of the NBA Playoffs.

That would mean that they are missing something and that something is Bradley Beal.

He is the heart and soul of the Washington Wizards though. Beal is a solid wing defender and he can is a solid shooter.

Bradley Beal played in 57 games this past season for the Washington Wizards. He averaged 30.5 PPG, 4.2 RPG, 6.1 APG, 0.4 BPG, and 1.2 SPG last season for Washington though.

The trade would feature Bradley Beal for Gary Harris Jr., Monte Morris, Will Barton, P.J. Dozier, and Keita Bates-Diop.

Beal is the Real Deal

Beal is only 27 years old and he also has a player option in 2021 and his contract expires after the 2022-2023 season.

The Denver Nuggets lack defense and the Washington Wizards need to start a rebuild. Denver has already said that Michael Porter Jr. is off-limits in trade talks.

Harris Jr. is only 25 years old, Morris is only 25 years old, Barton is 29 years old, Dozier is 23 years old, and Bates-Diop is 24 years old.

Porter Jr. is only 22 years old.

So the Washington Wizards would be getting some good players back and they are also young and they can improve and play valuable minutes.

Stacking Up the Stats

During 56 games played during the regular season, Gary Harris Jr. averaged 10.4 PPG, 2.9 RPG, 2.1 APG, 0.3 BPG, and 1.4 SPG.

In 73 games played during the regular season, Monte Morris averaged 9 PPG, 1.9 RPG, 3.5 APG, 0.2 BPG, and 0.8 SPG.

In 29 games played during the regular season, P.J. Dozier averaged 5.8 PPG, 1.9 RPG, 2.2 APG, 0.5 BPG, and 0.2 SPG.

During 44 games played during the regular season, Keita-Bates Diop averaged 6.5 PPG, 2.9 RPG, 0.7 APG, 0.5 BPG, and 0.4 SPG.

In 58 games played during the regular season, Will Barton averaged 15.1 PPG, 6.3 RPG, 3.7 APG, 0.5 BPG, and 1.1 SPG.

The Washington Wizards can’t trade John Wall or afford to trade him either. This would be a start of a rebuild for the Washington Wizards. Thomas Bryant, David Bertans, Rui Hachimura, and Troy Brown Jr. would also be some of the key guys on the roster next season for Washington along with this trade I just mentioned above though.

Playoff Team

The Wizards could become an immediate playoff contender also in a weak Eastern Conference as long as John Wall stays healthy despite the fact that Bradley Beal wants to stay with the Wizards forever though.

As for the Denver Nuggets, they would have a starting lineup of Nikola Jokic, Paul Milsap, Michael Porter Jr., Bradley Beal, and Jamal Murray. Coming off the bench would be: Mason Plumlee, Jerami Grant, Noah Vonleh, Torrey Craig, Troy Daniels, and Bol Bol off the bench. The only thing is that Denver would maybe have to sign a backup point guard for the veterans minimum though.

This would be a roster for the 2020-2021 season that could immediately and ultimately compete in the Western Conference along with the Los Angeles Lakers, the Los Angeles Clippers, the Houston Rockets, the Golden State Warriors, and the Dallas Mavericks.

Denver lost to the Portland Trail Blazers in seven games last season in the second round as well against Damian Lillard, C.J. McCollum, and company though.

This trade at the end of the day would be good for both the Washington Wizards and the Denver Nuggets though.

Should the Denver Nuggets make a trade for Washington Wizards shooting guard Bradley Beal this offseason? Leave a comment below.

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