No. 3: Portland Trailblazers
The Portland Trail Blazers are on the hunt for players to put alongside Damian Lillard. While the fit may not be perfect, pairing him with Bradley Beal would create a deadly offensive duo.
Trading the third pick in a deal for Beal and his contract doesn’t seem like a great plan, especially since Portland wouldn’t have enough salary-matching contracts to effectively bring in another role player in the deal.
That being said, they could still cobble together a solid package with Anfernee Simons, Jusuf Nurkic, and a future first, allowing them to bring in Bral.
At that point, however, would they be better off simply holding onto Simons and his contract? Maybe. But they would also retain the third pick in this deal, opening the door for other trades or simply drafting one of Brandon Miller or Scoot Henderson.
The Washington Wizards would be bringing in a 24-year-old guard with All-Star potential in this deal, giving them a nice young centerpiece to build around. It’s similar to the Tyler Herro and RJ Barrett trades.
Jusuf Nurkic, Kevin Knox II, and Keon Johnson would be included for the purpose of matching salaries, but the first-rounder could be intriguing.
If the Wizards get the Trail Blazers to give them a first way in the future, Beal and Lillard might be retired by the time it conveys, making the selection very valuable.
Potential starting lineups
Trail Blazers: Damian Lillard, Bradley Beal, Matisse Thybulle (if re-signed), Jerami Grant, Drew Eubanks
Wizards: Anfernee Simons, Delon Wright, Corey Kispert, Deni Avdija, Kristaps Porzingis