This season, the Wizards have exceeded expectations, but how long will this last? They only played 9 games.. How certain are we that they will continue this hot streak? Every year the same Bradley Beal is in trade rumors. Yet, no trade has happened. One of the main reasons people speculate that Bradley Beal wants a trade, is because of his all star level talent on an average team. This year, I think Beal will be traded. Bradley Beal is in a similar situation as Damian Lillard. They are both stars who have stayed loyal to their team, but they always end up losing. This year, Dame and Beal's numbers are on an all time low. Beal is shooting 23.2 percent from three. Dame is not much better because he is shooting 24.7 percent from three. I think what Dame and Beal are experiencing is tiredness but not in a psychical way. They feel tired mentally. They are tired of losing, losing, and losing, but because they are so loyal, they stay anyway. With Bradley Beal experiencing this, the Wizards will not succeed as their schedule progresses. Bradley Beal will end up becoming physically tired from being mentally tired and request a trade at the deadline. The Wizards decide to go full on rebuild mode, and start fresh. They get three young players in Tyrese Maxey, Mattise Thybulle, and Precious Achiuwa. They are also getting a ton of picks which will definitely help out their rebuild.
Projected Starting Lienup:
Spencer Dinwiddie - Tyrese Maxey - Mattise Thybulle - Pascal Siakiam - Precious Achiuwa
Ben Simmons is the exact opposite of Ben Simmons and Damian Lillard. Ben Simmons had multiple disappointing playoff performances. He did not take a shot in the 4th quarter for 4 straight games. Not to mention his terrible free throw shooting. He shot 34.2 percent from the free throw line. NBA players took notice of this and they started doing an old method that NBA teams used to do with Shaq. It is called, "The Hack A Shaq". The goal was to foul Shaquille O Neal (FORMER MVP), every time he had the ball. They did this because Shaq was a horrible free throw shooter. The funny part is, that Shaq was always considered "the worst free throw shooter", but he had a career free throw shooting percentage of 52.7. That is 18.5 percent higher than Ben Simmons. After all of that bad performance on the court, its even worse off the court. He is starting to skip games and practices. There was even footage of him at practice wearing casual street clothes and his phone in his pocket. Ben Simmons has everything but playing basketball with the sixers on his mind. This will hurt during the playoffs, and so they decide to trade him at the deadline. The 76ers are giving up young talent in this trade, but they are contending and they need all stars, not inexperienced players. They get Bradley Beal who is an all star and scoring machine!! As soon as they see this trade proposal, they will fall in love with it! The only real issue with this trade is the picks, so please don't dislike this trade just because the sixers are giving too little picks. The picks could be determined in the comment section.
Projected Starting Lineup:
Seth Curry - Bradley Beal - Danny Green - Tobias Harris - Joel Embiid
The Raptors are doing well without Pascal and they no longer need his services. Instead, they get Ben Simmons who is a really good defensive player and former all star. I think Ben Simmons will be happy with the change, because Nick Nurse is a really good coach and Nick will know a bunch of defensive plays that Ben Simmons can run. After this trade, the Raptors will be a defensive powerhouse in the East!
Projected Starting Lineup:
Fred Vanvleet - Gary Trent Jr - Ben Simmons - OG Anunoby - Scottie Barnes