Bringing in a more complete superstar
Most teams would prefer to be on the one side of a 2-for-1 deal. That said, one of the only trades that’d make sense for Golden State, where they’re on that preferred side, is a deal for Washington Wizards star Bradley Beal.
The No. 3 overall pick in the 2012 NBA Draft, Beal has been dominant over the past seven seasons, reaching a career-high 25.6 points per game this past year. But, trading for a star of that caliber is no easy task.
D’Angelo Russell and Warriors first-round pick Jordan Poole may still not be enough.
After all, Beal is just a few months into being 26 and is just now entering the prime of his career. However, he’s also a free agent after the 2020-2021 season and may not want to re-sign with the dysfunctional Wizards franchise.
If Beal leaves, the Warriors future is in jeopardy.
Compare that to Russell, who is locked up for the next four years, and there is certainly some risk associated in a trade for Beal for the Warriors. Overall, if this is on the table, the Warriors must take it.