The Washington Wizards have been in trade rumors this entire season, but they haven’t been able to get any deals done since acquiring Marcin Gortat from the Phoenix Suns prior to the start of the season.
One reason they haven’t been able to find a deal is because they’re unwilling to part with Bradley Beal, and rightfully so. According to Steve Kyler of Basketball Insiders, formerly of Hoops World, the Wizards have made it clear that Beal will not be included in any trade this season.
Wizards’ sources were fairly adamant yesterday that Beal is a non-starter for them in trade talks, which lines up exactly with what teams talking with Washington have said. As we covered yesterday, the Wizards are unwilling to break up their core to make a deal and while other teams may covet Beal as part of a deal, the Wizards simply are not going to entertain that.
Beal has had an up-and-down season, but he’s averaged about 17 points per game and has shown improvement since his rookie year. At 20-years old, Beal has been one of the best players in his draft class and has complimented John Wall well in the back court. Washington is building through young back court, so it’s no surprise that they’re unwilling to part with Beal.
To make things interesting, Kyler noted that the Wizards remain the top “suitors” for Greg Monroe, but are unsure if they have enough assets to acquire him before the trade deadline. Washington will likely pursue Monroe this off-season if they fail to get him through trade, but I find it interesting that they’re still looking to acquire him despite not having enough to get a player of his caliber.
In fact sources close to the situation peg Washington as the top suitor for Detroit’s Greg Monroe. The problem is they can’t get any traction. The Wizards have trade chips. They have the ending contract of Trevor Ariza and Marcin Gortat. Rookie Otto Porter has been mentioned more than once as has second year guard Brad Beal.
Otto Porter hasn’t gotten much playing time this season, given that he’s playing behind both Trevor Ariza and Martell Webster. If Washington truly wants to acquire Monroe, they’ll likely have to part with Porter, but I’m not sure that would be enticing enough for Detroit. Even though Porter was the third overall pick in the draft, he’s struggled this season and hasn’t shown many flashes of what he could become in the future. Greg Monroe is one of the best young big men in the NBA, but he’s taken a step back since the Pistons signed Josh Smith through free-agency. Unless the Pistons could trade Smith, he’ll be there long term, and they’ll have to find a complimentary piece for Monroe.
If I had to guess, the Wizards will probably stay put with their current roster. With Emeka Okafor’s expiring contract and their top-12 protected pick gone, the Wizards don’t have any major assets on their roster that they would consider trading. I could see them trading one of their backup bigs (Jan Vesely, Kevin Seraphin, or maybe even Chris Singleton) for a backup guard, but I don’t think they’ll make any big splashes before the deadline.