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Monday, 18 January 2021

The Beal Appeal #RPTZFLZ

      He's probably the most coveted basketball player on another team, in the history of the NBA, and recently, with the trading of James Harden to the Brooklyn Nets, his notoriety has only increased among fans mostly.
      His name is Bradley Beal, and he's probably viewed as the most valuable sidekick since Scottie Pippen.  And even though he had been left to carry the load work for the Washington Wizards with the sidelining of John Wall, his team's inability to win has left his name out of the mentioning of the elite players in the league.  Yet still, the adoration of fans of win starved NBA teams hasn't wavered in the slightest as they see him as the answer to all that stalls the numbers in the win column of their favourite team.
      He's not a hard player to fill out a roster around because he's never been known as a malcontent or bad teammate.  He goes about scoring efficiently without disruption.  And he's sneaky athletic and fun to watch at times.
      Now, I don't claim to know for sure who would most likely end up winning the Bradley Beal sweepstakes should the experiment of pairing him with Russell Westbrook not take but I can only really see one team having the most immediate need for his services, that would most benefit and flourish with his addition.
      The Dallas Mavericks - What's Good?: Luka Doncic a healthy Kristaps Porzingis, the assets to make a trade work and their spot in the western conference, and the fact that they're in the western conference.  The Mavericks have a head coach who's been to the finals and the team has remained relatively competitive since then which means the culture is dedicated to making it back to the finals.  They don't need help as far as scoring and defending go but they do need on-court guidance.  Luka Doncic, like a lot of young and up and coming players in the league, can use re-directing when it comes to shot selection and game pace from time to time.  He's going to need help being molded into that leadership role the Mavericks are hoping he can be and a level tempered player like Bradley Beal can teach by example.
       What's Bad?: Youth and inexperience and Kristaps Porzingis vulnerability to injury are the team's most immediate areas of weakness but not necessarily handicaps as they're a team that plays hard with a lot of energy.  They're the reasons why they would need to add more veterans to maintain balance should an injury to their valuable big man arise.
              Bradley Beal would most likely not be the only veteran player the Mavericks would need to add to be ranked among the elite teams but it would make the process of assessing additional pieces that much clearer.  
        As I said, I have no idea if Bradley Beal is even available.  If I'm running the Wizards, he wouldn't be as there is no definitive reason he should be.  The Wizards have a decent mix of talented youth and experience and although they're not considered a threat to the throne, they shouldn't be taken lightly either.  They're not rebuilding so much as they're trying to grow and establish a semblance of culture, so they wouldn't be trading out of a lack of anything, it would rather be more of trade into a clear direction.
        So if you're a fan of a team, outside of Washington, with high expectations of the savior Bradley Beal on that of your team's high priority acquisition list, curb your enthusiasm, because your best-laid plans never materialize.


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