Brooklyn Nets: Three potential Bradley Beal trades

Bradley Beal Washington Wizards (Photo by Michael Reaves/Getty Images)
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Spencer Dinwiddie #8 of the Brooklyn Nets (Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images) /

The Most-Likely Scenario

BROOKLYN RECEIVES: Bradley Beal (28.7), Isaac Bonga (1.6)

WASHINGTON RECEIVES: Caris LeVert (16.2), Jarrett Allen (3.9), Spencer Dinwiddie (11.5), 2021 Unprotected First Round Pick (from BKN), 2023 Right to Swap First Round Picks

Take a deep breath, Nets fans.

Assuming the Wizards process that Prince is a sunk cost, they will likely want the only non-DeAndre Jordan asset under contract for the Nets for 2020-21: Spencer Dinwiddie. Why perform extra cap gymnastics and give up a player who they only recently acquired (former Clipper lottery pick Jerome Robinson) just to take on Prince?

If Washington could find a way to bring back pending free agent Davis Bertans with some bird-rights cap tight roping, they can pitch fans that a core of a healthy Wall, LeVert, Bertans, Hachimura, and Allen with Dinwiddie, Troy Brown, Mo Wagner, and Bryant can certainly make the playoffs.

Washington has successfully mined rotation-level NBA talent over their last few rebuilding seasons. Factor in the extra first-round picks, and the Wizards could expect to be fringe playoff contenders for years to come.

Perhaps this is the only way to navigate the truly terrible John Wall contact (4 years, $171 million).

If not, they can flip Dinwiddie and Wall (unlikely) for more assets and continue their rebuild. Poor Spencer may really get caught up in the crosshairs on this one.

The Nets will presumably seek the 3-and-D help they were supposed to get from Prince elsewhere. Free-agent forwards like Jeff Green, Marvin Williams, or Thabo Sefolosha would all make sense at veteran minimums.

Maybe Reggie Jackson can be signed to backup Irving? Perhaps Nic Claxton can fill in backup center minutes to Jordan in a Kevin Looney-like screener/defense role. Either way, the Nets rotation will be perilously top-heavy next season.