NBA Rumors: Bradley Beal Could Form ‘Very Scary 1-2-3 Combination’ With Steph Curry & Klay Thompson Next Year

Stephen Curry #30 of the Golden State Warriors shoots in front of Bradley Beal #3 of the Washington Wizards during the first half at Capital One Arena on February 28, 2018 in Washington, DC.
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No matter what the Washington Wizards say, most people still expect Bradley Beal will be available on the trade market this fall. With the Wizards obviously without any clear path to title contention next year, he will likely follow the footsteps of other superstars and start finding a way out of Washington. One intriguing landing spot for Beal in the 2020 offseason is the Golden State Warriors.

In a recent article, Dijo Songco of ClutchPoints included Beal on the list of superstars that the Warriors could target using the No. 2 pick in the 2020 NBA Draft this fall. By taking his talent to Golden State, Songco believes that the All-Star shooting guard could form a “very scary 1-2-3 combination” with Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson in the 2020-21 NBA season.

“Beal was first linked to the Warriors when they tried to move D’Angelo Russel earlier this season. Trade talks between Golden State and Washington didn’t pull through and Russell was sent to Minnesota instead for Andrew Wiggins and a few draft picks. With a new ace up on their sleeves in this year’s no. 2 pick, it wouldn’t be surprising if the Warriors go back on the negotiation table with the Wizards. If Beal ends up in the Bay Area, he will form a very scary 1-2-3 combination with Curry and Thompson and will definitely boost the Warriors already-potent offense.”

Bradley Beal #3 of the Washington Wizards in action against the New York Knicks at Capital One Arena on March 10, 2020 in Washington, DC.
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The successful acquisition of Beal would undoubtedly make the Warriors a more dangerous team on the offensive end of the floor next year. Though his team failed to qualify in the 2020 Playoffs, Beal finished the season as the second-best scorer in the league. In 57 games he played, the 27-year-old shooting guard averaged 30.5 points, 4.2 rebounds, 6.1 assists, and 1.2 steals while shooting 45.5 percent from the field and 35.3 percent from beyond the arc, per ESPN.

With his ability to efficiently shoot the ball from the three-point range and excel in an off-ball capacity, Beal wouldn’t have a hard time building chemistry with Curry, Thompson, and Draymond Green and becoming familiar with coach Steve Kerr’s system. However, bringing a player of his caliber to Golden State comes with a huge price. If the Wizards make him available on the trading block, interested teams would likely need to pay a king’s ransom.

Aside from the No. 2 pick, Grant Hughes of Bleacher Report suggested that the Warriors would also need to include the Minnesota Timberwolves’ 2021 first-rounder and Andrew Wiggins’ massive salary to have a realistic chance of acquiring Beal from Washington in the 2020 offseason.