Rumor: Nuggets could package Gary Harris, Michael Porter Jr. if Wizards’ Bradley Beal becomes available
The Denver Nuggets aren’t expected to make any major moves in free agency, but they are still keeping an eye on everything that’s happening around the league. One player that they’re reportedly looking at is Washington Wizards’ Bradley Beal.
Yes, Beal is not a free agent, but before the end of last season, there were speculations about the Wizards possibly looking to trade him. According to reports, should Washington make the All-Star guard available, the Nuggets will be one of the teams that will be ready to assemble a good trade package for him.
Some speculation from Zach Lowe that Denver could put together a good package for Bradley Beal if the Wizards ever decide to put him on the market. Nuggets fans are excited about Porter, but a Jamal Murray-Bradley Beal-Nikola Jokic trio signed long term has a sky high ceiling. pic.twitter.com/o249rvnu3M
— Ryan Blackburn (@NBABlackburn) June 29, 2019
The Nuggets have made it clear that they are confident about their success next season even if they will return next season with the same core that they have. However, adding someone like Beal, who averaged 22.6 points, 4.5 assists, and 4.4 rebounds last season, is something that will be difficult to pass on, even for a team as good as Denver.
Of course, Nikola Jokic and Jamal Murray will be off the table in a potential trade with the Wizards, but other members of their young core will be. Gary Harris is one of the youngsters Denver will be willing to include in a Beal trade.
Harris averaged 17.5 points, 2.9 rebounds, and 1.8 assists last season, and if a deal pushes through, he’s expected to be the primary scoring option in Washington while John Wall continues to recover from his Achilles injury.
However, he will not be enough, which is why the Nuggets could also include potential All-Star Michael Porter Jr. Although he hasn’t played last season, Porter is considered to be one of the best players in his draft class when healthy.
On paper, this is a good deal for both teams if it pushes through.
The question now is, will the Wizards accept a trade package for Beal that does not include Jamal Murray?