For the past couple of seasons, Bradley Beal has been mentioned in trade rumors due to the Washington Wizards not being a playoff contender. Beal has seemingly single-handedly kept D.C. afloat, cementing himself as a true star in this league. To no one’s surprise, if a team wants to land Beal in a trade they will have to surrender a hefty trade package, per multiple NBA executives.
Recently, Mike Scotto of HoopsHype and Fred Katz of The Athletic shared what NBA executives believe Beal’s value in a trade is.
“A whole bunch of picks, and I think they could try to have another team take a bad contract with him as well. I think it’d be somewhere between the Jrue Holiday and Harden trades. Harden was an MVP scoring champ in terms of talent. He (Beal) is in between both of them.”
One NBA executive believes that Beal’s value is somewhere between what the Milwaukee Bucks gave up for Jrue Holiday and what the Brooklyn Nets paid for James Harden. The Bucks sent two first-round picks and the right to swap two more first-round picks to the New Orleans Pelicans, along with Eric Bledsoe, to get Holiday.
On the other hand, the Nets sent three first-round picks, Caris LeVert, and four first-round pick swaps to the Houston Rockets for Harden. It should be noted that both trades involved four teams to get the financial part of the trade to work.
Another executive believes that a possible Beal trade would involve two or more first-round picks and pick swaps.
“If you look at the last couple of trades, depending on the players going back, I’d imagine two or three first-round picks and potentially pick swaps as well.”
Beal, who is 27 years old and currently leads the league in scoring this season, is part of a Wizards team that holds the worst record in the Eastern Conference. If a team wants to pry Beal away from Washington, they’ll have to mortgage part of their future, which is likely worth it for an All-Star talent like Beal.