Many expected the Milwaukee Bucks to have a pretty quiet off-season, but they’ve already been linked to one of the biggest names potentially on the market.
According to The Athletic’s Shams Charania, the Bucks are a potential trade suitor for two guard Bradley Beal if the Washington Wizards move him. This could very well be the Bucks simply doing their due diligence, but they could also have some genuine interest in the veteran. If so, here are a few reasons why they should pursue a trade for the three-time All-Star guard.
No. 1 – The rumored asking price is low
The Bucks do not have a lot of tradeable assets to utilize. As it pertains to their draft picks, a 2029 first round pick is among the lone desirable pieces they can trade. As for their players, Milwaukee has a few notable ones, such as Jrue Holiday, Bobby Portis, and Grayson Allen, but it’s unclear just how those players are viewed across the league. With few avenues to improve, the Bucks have to check in when a player’s rumored asking price is low, which is the case here with Beal.
Per ESPN’s Brian Windhorst, if Beal gets traded within the next few weeks, he believes people will be surprised by just how low Washington’s asking price is. He cited Beal’s no-trade clause and his monstrous contract as reasons why. While it’s still unclear as to what that asking price is, the Bucks would be wise to try and get an All-Star caliber player on a discount if they can. Yes, Beal’s contract certainly is no joke – he’s about to be in the second year of a massive five-year extension – but that could work in Milwaukee’s favor here if they can snag him for the low.
After seeing the trade packages teams have coughed up for Donovan Mitchell, Rudy Gobert, and Kevin Durant over the past year, it’s clear that the Bucks did not have a chance to acquire any of those players. However, if these rumors about Beal’s asking price are true, the Bucks have a shot to add a legitimate All-Star-caliber player and get better.