Let me start this off by saying “could be in the mix” is a bit of a stretch, and I wouldn’t call this some concrete statement to put any real stock into. However, anyone who follows us knows that I have been on the Bradley Beal to Atlanta train for a while now.
Report: Atlanta Hawks could get in mix for Bradley Beal https://t.co/J0KXCc6cid
— NBA Central (@TheNBACentral) July 26, 2021
“The [Golden State] Warriors, [Philadelphia] 76ers, [Miami] Heat and Hawks could all get in on the mix, according to sources,” wrote Fred Katz of The Athletic. “Others would certainly inquire, even if the list may not be as robust as it could have been if the Wizards pulled the trigger on a Beal trade a year ago … before the [Brooklyn] Nets gave up pieces for James Harden, the [Milwaukee] Bucks gave up ones for [Jrue] Holiday, the [Denver] Nuggets gave up ones for Aaron Gordon and the [Chicago] Bulls gave up ones for Nikola Vucevic.”
It’s difficult to imagine a Beal trade because I think trading pieces like Cam Reddish, De’Andre Hunter, and Onyeka Okongwu could prove counterproductive. One of those three would likely have to move, and with Okongwu out for up to six months, the options may be narrowed to the former two. As far as draft picks go, the Wizards can have as many of those as they want.
Beal is undoubtedly one of the most incredible scorers in the entire NBA; he can give you 50 on a nightly basis. Beal finished 2020-2021 averaging 31.3 points per game on 48.5% from the floor and 34.9% from 3. His shooting percentages were down a bit, but that could be a consequence of playing with Russell Westbrook. For his career, Beal has had some exceptional offensive outbursts.
Bradley Beal's Top Scoring Games This Season
53 PTS, L
47 PTS, L
46 PTS, L
44 PTS, L
44 PTS, 10 AST, W
42 PTS, L
40 PTS, L
37 PTS, Lpic.twitter.com/yINWCmodEZ
— Ballislife.com (@Ballislife) February 24, 2020
The day after this was posted, Beal went off for 55 AGAIN in another Wizards loss. When you consider he would be playing for a great coaching staff with a talented young core, Beal could continue to thrive, but more importantly, actually start winning games. He would undoubtedly be the second star the Hawks need to push for a championship, but the question that will linger will be: “is the price right?”