First, let it be known, that I would rather not trade Bradley Beal. I love his jump shot, his poise, and his chemistry with John Wall. With that said if we want to take a bold step forward and make an even bigger leap, trading Bradley Beal could be the way to go. Here are three reasons why:
1. He would net us a very quality return because his value seems to be high around the league.
2. Playing the projection game, what is Beal's ceiling and does that take us closer to championship in tandem with Wall? Maybe (hopefully), but I'm not so sure.
3. Speaking of Wall, have we been enjoying his growth this season or what? He seems like he is on the cusp of superstardom and seems ready to take an even bigger step forward.
Some may be down on Greg Monroe, but in a year that is considered a bit of a down season for him, he is averaging 14.3 points and 8.7 rebs, 2 .0 ast, on 51% shooting and a 17.7 PER on a mismatch team with an erratic point guard. Monroe screams 20 and 10 potential. A star guard/star big duo takes you closer to a championship in my estimation. Also, he is the same age as Wall and they could really blossom together as they are relatively at the same point in their careers. Monroe has already averaged 17 and 11 and 17 and 10 in his second and third seasons respectively without a true PG. To put the cherry on top, he has only missed three games in his entire career. Three games. Beal's injury issues have been well chronicled. As far as KCP, he looks like a very solid if not above average NBA prospect. Also, look at his NBA Draft net profile. (http://nbadraft.net/players/kentavious-caldwell-pope). Sounds a lot like Bradley Beal.
Some will say we could just sign Monroe in the off-season to a big contract and hope Detroit doesn't match. I would love this scenario, but I think it is highly doubtful that Detroit would just let a skilled 6'11" big man just walk with no compensation. Why would Detroit literally give up a guy who can do this?
What about trading Otto Porter for Monroe? Detroit would probably hang up the phone on that one. The way I see it, if KCP reaches his potential he could probably give you 90% of what Bradley Beal would. Greg Monroe with a budding superstar PG, would be an All-Star center. We could resign Ariza, let Gortat walk and have a core going forward of: Wall, KCP, Ariza, Nene, Monroe, Webster, and Glen Rice Jr. Then we could opt to resign either Seraphin or Booker or let them walk, add a defensive big (perhaps Okafor) or even a cheap stretch four and a cheap after market back up PG. Check the upcoming PG free-agents list, there is no shortage of quality players (http://hoopshype.com/free_agency/point_guards_2014.htm).
Again, I would rather keep Bradley Beal and still sign Greg Monroe. But given the assets we have or lack thereof outside of Wall and Beal, I don't think it is likely. Trading our promising young SG (a draft pick that we actually got right) would be a tough pill to swallow. But I simply think that if such a scenario presented itself, we have to strongly consider it. I believe the core mentioned above could get us to the ECF in an Eastern Conference w/ so much uncertainty in the upcoming seasons. If we make it there, we are a title contender, and maybe just maybe, our budding superstar PG could lead us to the chip.