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Deal of the Day: When the Heat (fans) Come for Beal

We walk through this one more time.

NBA: Washington Wizards at Miami Heat Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports

Deal of the Day, Salary cap rules may be bent but hopefully not broken. We already broke some.

Today’s Deal: When Miami comes for Beal

This one is for the readers. Aren’t we all readers? Yes we are and some of us only read. Comparing votes to post counts it would seem a lot of the community never or rarely post.

Alistair is one of those readers. His submission sounded familiar.

My Heat fan buddy wants Bradley Beal.

Yup, we’ve heard this one before.

Herro, 2020 1st, Iguodala and Olynyk.

We don’t want to have to tell you this again but Beal wants to be in DC and Monumental really wants Beal to this extent: they’ll work to offload John Wall after this season to retool around Beal.

We don’t want to have to entertain this over and over again. Please respect our decision.

Pat Riley, The Heat, South Beach, fans get what they want.

It’s never enough!

The only thing that can quiet other fans is Beal and Wall playing well enough together for the Wizards to win consistently. Which means we’ll be hearing this for many more months.

So why even entertain the idea? To show how short on assets the Heat are should the time arise where Beal is on the move AND because it’s what The Deal does every day. We transact. #DealNation

Miami trades Tyler Herro, Andre Iguodala, Kelly Olynyk and their 1st round pick in 2020 for Bradley Beal. The below image is saved to the cloud as “Heat Nonsense”. Look at that nonsense.

Why the Heat do the deal

The Internet willed them to.

Asset-wise they aren’t giving up much.

I get how someone would think it looks good on paper. Herro showed out in the playoffs. {Editor’s Note: sorta} Still not enough for the fully evolved Bradley Beal of 2020.

Why the Wizards don’t do the deal

They aren’t interested. Yeah, I know. Power through for the hypothetical of it all.

Herro is the long term piece for the Wizards, check. {Editor’s Note: sorta}

Their pick this year isn’t a type-A asset. Solid B could easily be a C if they Dorf the pick. There has to be another ‘A’ in the deal if you’re landing a 30 point scorer. Not turning my nose up at a pick #20, just saying that in a conversation around Beal it’s obligatory.

Where’s the other big piece? Oh they’ll toss in KZ Okpala for Admiral Schofield. Cool, I like him as a prospect. But, that’s still considerably short of a fair return for Beal. Sorry not sorry.

Fans of opposing teams can’t in one breath say now is Beal’s highest value, lust after him, then not expect to pay a generous mix of lottery picks and high level young players.

GM’s don’t care that YOU love your players even more now after a phenomenal/improbable Finals run. If we’re going to do this then you gotta bring a monster offer.

Broken Record: the time to consider any deal would be after the 2021 lottery/draft order is settled.

Iggy is not worth his salary even though I love my memory of him as a player. At this point, he’s a $15 million dollar glue guy who won’t/can’t shoot. He looks like a guy they’d try to move to make room under the luxury tax.

Including him helps make salaries work but as a negative asset attach at least another 1st round pick. Best to find a third team to handle that and send back an asset. Maybe, hopefully a B.

I was surprised Heat coach Erik Spoelstra didn’t play Kelly Olynyk more in the Finals. Love his shooting. The Wizards may already have a younger, cheaper version.

Olynyk has a $12 million player option. Based on the expected market for centers, he’ll opt in. Then he can be traded. He’d be a one year player and we would have his Bird rights.

So here we are. The Heat put their cards on the table and they’re not close. There’s no second high level asset to couple with Herro. They’re short a pick or if Washington is clearing Iguoudala’s salary to help Miami avoid the luxury tax or just do more with that salary slot.

There’s no reason to think this is anywhere close to what Beal would bring in return if the Wizards decided to trade him.

If for some reason, the Wizards made this deal, they would have #9 (Onyeka Okongwu) , #20 (Jaden McDaniels), #37 (Isaiah Joe) the MLE and the BAE:

  • John Wall - Troy Brown Jr. - Ish Smith
  • Tyler Herro - Jerome Robinson - Isaiah Joe - Garrison Mathews (RFA)
  • Andre Iguodala - Isaac Bonga - KZ Okpala
  • Rui Hachimura - Davis Bertans (UFA) - Jaden McDaniels
  • Thomas Bryant - Kelly Olynyk - Onyeka Okongwu - Moritz Wagner - Anzejs Pasecniks (camp guarantee)

That’s 18 players! 3 too many for the regular season. Teams can have up to 20 players on their roster during the off season.


Will it ever be enough?

This poll is closed

  • 25%
    Yes, it is never enough for them. Looking forward to the day we’re winning and they’ve move on.
    (40 votes)
  • 74%
    No, the team has a duty to understand the value of our players and that includes what Brad would get on the market.
    (114 votes)
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