Washington Wizards Receive: G/F RJ Barrett, G Evan Fournier, F Cam Reddish, 2022 First-Round Pick, 2024 First-Round Pick
New York Knicks Receive: G Bradley Beal
The calculus for the New York Knicks is similar to this one. They’re swapping RJ Barrett, Fournier’s contract, and draft capital for a star guard. They’re adding Cam Reddish in this package because Bradley Beal’s contract is more substantial than Mitchell’s. Reddish is required to make the money work.
Which is arguably significant. Reddish was a heralded high school prospect who has struggled to impact the pro level. Advanced metrics consistently paint a bleak picture of his defense, and his three-point accuracy has waxed and wained since he entered the league.
He’s still only 22 years old. If the Wizards are forced to deal Beal, they’ll be triggering a full-scale rebuild. Taking a gamble on a young player like Reddish should be appealing to them in those circumstances.
This deal would require Bradley Beal to accept a sign-and-trade, as he has a Player Option heading into this offseason. It’s unclear whether that would be his preference.
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Speculation about Bradley Beal’s pending departure continues to mount as the Wizards continue to post mediocre win totals. Beal, for his part, continues to squash those rumors.
The New York Knicks should hope that this season was one losing record too many for the star guard.