All-Star Weekend is about celebrating the NBA’s best players, but like any gathering of top industry professionals, it’s also about networking. Bradley Beal said after Sunday’s game he was using his time to get players to join him in Washington.
Beal said he got questions like: “So, what are y’all doing in D.C.?” and “How is D.C.?”
Whenever he was pressed for further details by reporters, Beal brushed the questions off.
”I’m gonna keep it in my piggy bank, in my back pocket. Hopefully we can do something,” he said.
So who could Beal be talking about? Let’s go through Beal’s potential pitches and their odds of working.
- Kemba Walker - Look, if you’re still upset about who the Wizards took ahead of Bradley Beal in the 2012 draft, what better way to make that right than to join the guy they should have taken in Washington? Confidence level: 20 percent.
- Kawhi Leonard - Washington is like Toronto, but warmer. Confidence level: 15 percent.
- Giannis Antetokounmpo - The Wizards signed Otto Porter to a more lucrative contract than the one the Bucks gave Giannis. Washington treats their stars right. Confidence level: 4 percent.
- LeBron James, Kyrie Irving, Joel Embiid, James Harden, Paul George, Russell Westbrook, Nikola Jokic, Dwyane Wade, Ben Simmons, Klay Thompson, LaMarcus Aldridge, Karl Anthony-Towns - Confidence level: 0 percent.
- Blake Griffin - Do you remember what it’s like to play with a competent shooting guard? Confidence level: 30 percent.
- Damian Lillard - Look, if you’re going to be stuck on a guard-heavy team that’s a tier below a title contender, you might as well do it somewhere with less rain, right? Confidence level: 20 percent.
- Kyle Lowry - What better way to stick it to the franchise that traded your favorite teammate than to force a trade to the team that swept Toronto in the 2015 playoffs? Confidence level: 4-0 percent.
- D’Angelo Russell - A structured team like the Nets will never be able to fully appreciate the quirks and eccentricities that make you who you are. Washington would make you a folk hero. Confidence level: 45 percent.
- Dirk Nowitzki - Every legend has to spend one year in Washington. It’s a rule. Confidence level: 23 percent.
- Anthony Davis - Hey, you can’t rule it out. Confidence level: 1 percent.
- Khris Middleton - Basically, it’s the same pitch as the one for Giannis but 20 times more effective because Khris Middleton would love to get that Otto Porter money. Confidence level: 80 percent.
- Nikola Vucevic - [Shows Vucevic this tweet]
Confidence level: 90 percent.
- Kevin Durant - Who would care more about what’s going on in D.C. than Washington’s favorite son? Confidence level: 1,000 percent.