With the dust settled from the Bradley Beal trade, there is a clear winner from the deal. The Phoenix Suns and the Washington Wizards would shake up the NBA world with this deal, and a new big three was established in Phoenix. The Suns would give up Chris Paul, Landry Shamet, multiple second-round picks, and multiple pick swaps, and in return, they would receive Bradley Beal, Jordan Goodwin, and Isaiah Todd. While each team accomplished what they sought out of this deal, one team made out much better than the other.
The Phoenix Suns found a great replacement for Chris Paul and were able to shed his big contract from the team. While Beal has a very large deal of his own, he is a much younger and more talented player than Paul at this point in their respective careers. However, Beal will be a very interesting fit on the team.
He is most impactful when the ball is in his hand and he is able to score. Beal has not had to play second fiddle since he shared the Wizards with John Wall. However, after Wall would go through a terrible stretch of injuries, Beal would be one of the only bright spots on the Wizard’s roster. As a result of this and the team not having much of a chance to win games, Beal was able to run the offense through himself and shoot as freely as he wanted. Along with this, he was not forced to give much of an effort on the defensive end.
This will quickly change for the Suns. With Kevin Durant and Devin Booker on the roster, there will be games that Beal is the third option on the offensive end. Along with this, with the Suns being title hopefuls this season, they can not afford for there to be any dead weight on the defensive end. There is a strong chance that Beal will have to make some major adjustments to his game for this trio to work in Phoenix.
Despite this, Phoenix still picked up one of the top scorers the league has to offer. While his scoring numbers may take a bit of a hit as a result of Beal not seeing the same volume of shots as he did in Washington, he is a veteran hungry to do whatever it takes to win a ring.
On the flip side, the Washington Wizards did what they could in this deal. When Beal was given his extension, a no-trade clause was included in it. This means that the Wizards had little to no say in how this negotiation went. If they had more promising deals with any team that was not Phoenix, Beal simply could have vetoed it and exercised his no-trade clause. Along with this, if the Suns gave up more than Beal felt was necessary to add him to the roster, he once again could pull out his no-trade clause.
Depending on how the pick swaps end up playing out, this could end up being a very beneficial deal for the Wizards to progress through their rebuild. With the Suns likely having a much different-looking team by the time some of the later pick swaps occur, Washington could end up getting a very high lottery pick from this deal. Along with this, if they hold onto Paul until the trade deadline, there is a chance that a contender would give up some draft capital to add the future Hall of Fame point guard to their roster.
With all things considered, the Wizards did very well in the trade negotiations, and they finally began the much-needed rebuild.
While Washington made it out of the deal relatively well, the Suns are still the clear winner of the trade. With Beal holding a no-trade clause, it was almost impossible for the Wizards to win any trade that was made. However, they got some draft capital that could end up being very valuable down the line in the form of pick swaps.
Despite this, the Suns got one of the league’s premier scorers from the deal and likely solidified themselves as the most dangerous offense in the league heading into the 2023-24 season.
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