We’re less than a week away from the NBA Draft, and trade buzz is starting to ramp up in a major way as stars look to find new homes and franchises try to find the best fit and value for their biggest pieces.
The Sixers are rumored to be in search of a blockbuster deal for either Damian Lillard or Bradley Beal, and a new report Saturday should have president of basketball operations Daryl Morey leaping into action.
Bleacher Report insider Jake Fischer reported Saturday that Beal is considering requesting a trade ahead of next week’s NBA Draft, on the heels of buzz that the Los Angeles Lakers are angling to acquire his Washington Wizards teammate Russell Westbrook.
Here’s a portion of what Fischer reported Saturday morning:
“Word has reached front offices around the league that Wizards All-Star guard Bradley Beal is considering requesting a trade prior to Thursday night’s event.
“Beal does not have a proverbial list of preferred destinations, but it was mentioned by multiple sources that he would welcome joining teams such as Boston, Golden State, Miami or Philadelphia.”
The Ringer’s Kevin O’Connor reported earlier this week that the Sixers “want to make a blockbuster trade for Damian Lillard or Bradley Beal,” so here’s Morey’s chance. Start peppering Sheppard with offers centered around Ben Simmons and see where you can go.
The Sixers need a guy who can get his own buckets, and Beal is a guy who gets his own buckets. He’s a monster on offense who can score from anywhere on the court, and his price tag is likely lower than Lillard’s, meaning the Sixers could hopefully hold on to either Tyrese Maxey or Matisse Thybulle — maybe even both — and could also hold on to a bunch draft picks.
Beal technically has two years left on his deal, but he has a player option for the 2022-23 season meaning he’ll likely opt out in search of a bigger payday. If the Sixers make this trade, they would be doing so with the confidence that Beal will sign an extension, which makes Beal “welcoming” a trade to the Sixers very helpful.
We’ll see if Morey has something up his sleeve.