Report: Nets have talked about potentially acquiring Beal

Cavaliers guard Darius Garland defends as Wizards guard Bradley Beal drives to the basket. Photo by David Richard-USA TODAY Sports

The Brooklyn Nets already have two of the NBA’s top scoring dynamos in Kevin Durant and Kyrie Irving. They are now looking to add another one of the league’s top scorers.

According to Stefan Bondy of the New York Daily News, the Nets are looking at ways they could acquire Washington Wizards star Bradley Beal. A two-time All-Star, Beal was one of the most notable snubs for this season’s midseason exhibition.

Before the season was suspended, Beal was averaging a career-high 30.5 points per game on 45.5% shooting, along with shooting 35.3% from the 3-point line. According to NBA.com stats, he’s currently ranked second in scoring behind James Harden.

Per Bondy, the move to acquire Beal would take the Nets sending players such as Caris LeVert, Jarrett Allen and Spencer Dinwiddie to help match salaries. Per HoopsHype, Beal is set to earn about $28.8 million next year, and then he’s under contract in 2021-22 for around $34.5 million. In 2022-23, he has a player option for $37.3 million.

The Nets have had a subpar year, ranking seventh in the Eastern Conference. But that’s in large part because of injuries to Durant (right Achilles) and Irving (right shoulder).

But LeVert, Allen and Dinwiddie have proven to be valuable for the franchise. LeVert is one of the top young players in the league, with his scoring numbers reaching a career-best this season.

A four-year player, he was averaging career highs in points per game (17.7) and 3-point percentage (38.1%). A third-year center, Allen has maintained his status as one of the league’s top rim protectors; he is averaging 1.3 blocks a game. Dinwiddie was also having a career year, taking over as the Nets’ lead guard while Irving was out for most of the season. He has averaged career highs in points per game (20.6) and assists per game (6.8).

Having three elite scorers in Beal, Durant and Irving would probably work fine. It would take time to establish chemistry, but with each player being All-Stars, they’d likely make it work. Still, if the Nets did this move, they’d risk breaking up the solid core they’ve had for the past few years.