NBA Rumors: Sixers Could Acquire Bradley Beal & Davis Bertans For Three Players & Two 1st-Rounders

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Philadelphia 76ers point guard Ben Simmons is currently one of the hottest commodities on the rumor mill. Simmons may remain an official member of the Sixers, but most people believe that his departure from the City of Brotherly Love is inevitable. The Sixers aren't dealing Simmons just for the sake of getting out him of Philadelphia.

If they trade him, it would only be in a blockbuster deal that would enable them to acquire another superstar that could complement All-Star center Joel Embiid.

Bradley Beal & Davis Bertans To Sixers

Bradley Beal high-fives Davis Bertans
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Aside from Portland Trail Blazers superstar Damian Lillard, another dream trade target for the Sixers in the deal involving Simmons is All-Star shooting guard Bradley Beal of the Washington Wizards. In a recent article, Skyler Carlin of NBA Analysis Network came up with a hypothetical blockbuster trade idea that would enable the Sixers to acquire Beal from the Wizards.

In the proposed trade scenario, the Sixers would be sending a package that includes Simmons, Tobias Harris, Shake Milton, a 2022 first-round pick, and a 2024 first-round pick to the Wizards in exchange for Beal, Davis Bertans, and a 2023 second-round pick.

Bradley Beal Joins Forces With Joel Embiid In Philadelphia

Bradley Beal making plays for the Wizards
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Beal would undeniably be a dream acquisition for the Sixers. With his ability to excel in an off-ball capacity and efficiently knock down shots from beyond the arc, he would be the ideal superstar running mate for Embiid in Philadelphia. His potential arrival would tremendously improve the Sixers' performance on the offensive end of the floor.

Beal would give them a very reliable scoring option, as well as a decent playmaker, rebounder, and an elite three-point shooter. Last season, he averaged 31.3 points, 4.7 rebounds, 4.4 assists, and 1.2 steals while shooting 48.5 percent from the field and 34.9 percent from beyond the three-point range, per ESPN.

Davis Bertans Replaces Tobias Harris As Sixers' Starting PF

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Bertans may have failed to live up to expectations from the massive contract he signed last summer, but if he could regain his rhythm, he would also be an incredible addition to the Sixers. Bertans would immediately fill the hole left by Harris at the Sixers' starting power forward position, giving them a reliable scoring option and a three-point specialist.

Last season, Bertans averaged 11.5 points on 40.4 percent shooting from the field and 39.4 percent from beyond the arc, per ESPN.

Why The Wizards Would Make The Trade

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The proposed trade deal would be worth exploring for the Wizards if Beal is no longer interested in being the face of the franchise and they want to undergo a full-scale rebuild. By sending Beal, Bertans, and a future second-rounder to Philadelphia, the Wizards would be acquiring two young and promising players in Simmons and Milton and two future first-round picks that they could use to add more talented prospects to their roster.

If they want to focus on the development of their young core, the Wizards may consider moving Harris again to acquire more young players and future draft assets before the 2022 trade deadline.