3. Brad Beal
When healthy Beal is a star in the making, and could be considered a top five shooting guard. Unfortunately for Beal, in his first four years he has missed on average 18 games per year. The Kings have a similar problem at the two guard in Ben McLemore. For McLemore it is not the health so much so that he just doesn’t seem to be panning out like Beal did.
In this scenario the Kings would have to be certain that Beal were to be extended by the Kings, but the Kings could send the eighth overall pick and McLemore to the Wizards for Beal and a future pick. Beal is a year younger than McLemore, has a year more of experience and he is a clear cut better basketball player. The hope would be that Beal is only 22-years old, and that the injuries are just a part of his growth into a physical NBA. Maybe by the time he is 25 he is an 82-game starter.
Still, not many players are hurt as often as Beal. It affects Beal’s stock, and is the reason why the Kings would not be paying a king’s ransom for him. It may be for the best for both guards to change scenery and while the Kings bank on the better player staying healthy, the Wizards hope to recoup something for potentially missing out on a star in their backcourt.
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