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Rumor: Nets eyeing trade for Bradley Beal to form Big 3 with Kevin Durant, Kyrie Irving

Nets, Bradley Beal, Kevin Durant, Kyrie Irving

The Brooklyn Nets have internally discussed avenues of acquiring Washington Wizards superstar shooting guard Bradley Beal, per Stefan Bondy of the New York Daily News.

The Nets are looking for a third star to pair next to Kevin Durant and Kyrie Irving. Beal fits that bill, as he’s one of the best scorers in the NBA.

The Nets would likely have to perform financial gymnastics to make a Beal trade work since the sharpshooter is owed a lot of money moving forward. Brooklyn already has three lucrative contracts on the books in Durant, Irving and DeAndre Jordan. The Nets could hypothetically build a trade for Beal around Caris LeVert, Jarrett Allen and Spencer Dinwiddie.

Beal averaged 30.5 points per game in 2019-20 for the Wizards before the season was suspended due to COVID-19. More likely than not, the Nets would need a third team to jump in the trade talks for them to get Beal on the roster.

Moreover, the Wizards may rebuff all Beal trade offers since John Wall will be back for the 2020-21 season. It makes no sense for Washington to trade Beal and keep Wall unless the franchise can move both All-Stars and embark on a full-scale rebuild, but there’s no evidence of them wanting to go that route just yet. Beal himself has also claimed he doesn’t want a trade, adding another layer to these potential discussions down the road.

Having a sniper such as Beal roaming around the arc and getting open through back screens while Durant and Irving are operating with the ball would make the Nets nearly impossible to defend on offense. It’s going to be interesting to see if Brooklyn general manager Sean Marks can pull this trade off and create a lethal Big 3 of Kevin Durant, Kyrie Irving and Bradley Beal.