The Nets have reportedly held internal discussions about trading for one of the league's premier scorers in their apparent quest to acquire a third All-Star-caliber player to pair with Kyrie Irving and Kevin Durant.
Brooklyn is interested in dealing for Washington Wizards star guard Bradley Beal, according to Stefan Bondy of the New York Daily News.
Beal's availability in a trade is unclear, the report said. He is due to earn nearly $29M next season, before a two-year extension worth about $72M kicks in for the 2021 and 2022 seasons.
The Wizards were dreadful before the coronavirus crisis prompted the suspension of the NBA season, and they still have major questions going into next season -- the health of John Wall chief among them -- so perhaps Beal doesn't make much sense on a rebuilding team.
Spencer Dinwiddie, Caris LeVert and Jarrett Allen could be potential trade chips for the Nets in a deal that would require a roughly equal swap of salaries, the Daily News report said.
Irving made headlines in his first season in Brooklyn when he appeared to suggest that a splashy move for a third star would be necessary in order to get the team into title contention.
“I mean, it’s transparent," Irving said in January. "It’s out there. It’s glaring, in terms of the pieces that we need in order to be at that next level. I’m going to continue to reiterate it. We’re going to do the best with the guys that we have in our locker room now, and we’ll worry about all the other stuff, in terms of moving pieces and everything else, as an organization down the line in the summer.”
Beal has broken out as one of the league's top scorers in recent years, after a somewhat sluggish start to his career marked by inefficient shooting. The past four seasons combined, he averaged 25 points per game on 47 percent shooting, including 37 percent from deep and 81 percent from the line. He also averaged just shy of 5 assists per game in that span.
An All-Star in 2018 and 2019, the Florida product was a high-profile snub in 2020.