So we know now that Bradley Beal may be looking at a trade from the Washington Wizards pending what the two sides are hopeful for. This sent a rift through every fanbase across the NBA of hopeful fans of how they could trade for the superstar. Of course, this included fans of the Indiana Pacers. But does this make any sense at all?
The short answer is no, this would make zero sense for the Pacers in the current state of the team. A few years ago when we have Domas and Myles and needed shooting guards, maybe. The current roster with Hield, Mathurin, Nembhard, Duarte, and company? We have more shooting guards that we can expect to ever give minutes to.
But on top of that is the contract that Beal is on. Have you heard? It is a fairly undesirable contract all-things-considered with a built-in no-trade clause. Just how much is Beal making? He is scheduled to make over 43 million dollars next year, almost twice as much as any other player on the Pacers roster.
And not only that, the contract is five years long. This will leave Beal in the twilight of his career playing alongside a bunch of players that are entering their prime. So the timeline is completely out of sorts as well.
The Pacers are absolutely not interested in Bradley Beal.
He doesn’t make sense any way that you turn the situation around, whether it be from the finances, to the timeline, to the position, it would make no sense.
Now that doesn’t mean the Pacers could benefit from the news. Could they find a three-team-trade of a team that is willing to drop assets to bring in Beal. Given they have cap space they have quite the flexibility to get involved.
However, the situation absolutely will not end in Beal in a Pacers uniform, sorry fans.