Potential Trade 2: Washington Wizards
The Magic have lacked a true star since Dwight Howard left the team in 2012. and while Nikola Vucevic is a good player in his own right, he is not a consistent All-Star-caliber player.
While Bradley Beal failed to make an All-NBA team last season, his omission was certainly a big surprise. The shooting guard averaged a whopping 30.5 points a game off 45.5-percent shooting as the Washington Wizards missed out on the playoffs.
Something the Orlando Magic do not have is a big scorer and Beal would be just that. But while the offer of Vucevic and two picks is a good one — and the Wizards reportedly have an interest in drafting a center with the ninth pick in this year’s draft — there is a good chance the Wizards may not want to lose a player of Beal’s caliber at all.
This move would be about trying to win now for the Magic. Orlando would really have to have faith in the current group of players which would be around Beal. While the current group has potential, he would likely lack the necessary support to make a deep run without more additions. Especially with Jonathan Isaac out for the year, not that he has provided a huge lift offensively to this point in his career.
It would probably make more sense for both players involved to go to a contending team should they move on. But if the Magic want to try and shift Vucevic for an already proven star then Beal is the type of player the front office should look at.
Nikola Vucevic’s floor spacing qualities could help create more opportunities for returning point guard John Wall. The Wizards would also be able to build for the future with two good picks in this year’s draft, and another to come in the future.
Washington has not made it past the Eastern Conference Semifinals since Beal has played for the team so the front office has a decision to make over whether to shop players to find a winning formula now or further down the line or instead stick with their current crop of players and hope it turns out better next season.
If Beal is on the market he will have plenty of interested suitors. The Magic would be getting a bigger star at the expense of disrupting their current setup and they would have to work to get Beal the right help to make it worth it.