Bradley Beal Teams Up With LeBron James
Washington Wizards Receive: G Russell Westbrook, G Patrick Beverley, 2027 First-Round Pick (LAL), 2028 First-Round Pick (Swap – LAL), 2029 First-Round Pick (LAL)
Los Angeles Lakers Receive: G Bradley Beal, F Kyle Kuzma
You may be confused at this point. If OG Anunoby is commanding three first-rounders, why do Bradley Beal and Kyle Kuzma get two picks and a swap combined?
Well, all draft capital is not born equally. The New York Knicks will be building a sustainable team by acquiring Anunoby – their picks, along with the Bucks pick they’d be sending out, aren’t likely to land in the lottery.
By contrast, these Los Angeles Lakers picks could land anywhere. That’s why they’re among the most coveted assets in the NBA. The Wizards would do well to bottom out and start over with these selections.
Meanwhile, the Lakers don’t own their upcoming pick. They need to win now.
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If they can overcome their stubborn attachment to their future draft capital, this deal would go a long way toward helping them do so.
Provided the Washington Wizards can overcome their stubborn attachment to Bradley Beal, of course.