Two nights ago, the Boston Celtics were edged out by the Washington Wizards at home to give them a losing record through five games.
While one would think that Wizards superstar Bradley Beal was the impetus, it was actually Montrezl Harrel–one of the pieces landed by Washington in the Russell Westbrook trade to the Los Angeles Lakers–who keyed the Cs loss with 25 points and 11 rebounds in a superb sixth-man effort off the pine.
Still, any success D.C. sees this season will be because of Beal. Now, many Boston Celtics fans would probably want the former Florida Gator to contribute to their own cause via a deal to their team.
But don’t count Chowder & Champions’ Tarringo Basile-vaughan among them. Basile-vaughan believes that President of Basketball Operations Brad Stevens could do better:
"While the rumblings of Jayson Tatum and Beal teaming up once the Wizards superstar hits free agency following the season will continue to have buzz, Beal really doesn’t make sense for the Celtics as they are currently constructed.Things can obviously change when it comes to Beal and his situation with the Wizards, but if Celtics president of basketball operations Brad Stevens is looking to add a third star to form a big 3 with Tatum and Brown, Beal isn’t the ideal."
Clearly, Jaylen Brown in any Beal deal is a non-starter, considering his presence on the Cs was considered when assessing Beal’s fit in green.
For the Wizards, Brown may need to be included in any such deal. Marcus Smart and Robert Williams’ deals aren’t exactly the smoothest fits for a team stuck halfway between rebuilding and competing after just one postseason appearance in the last four years.
For all we know, though, Washington may want to compete this year instead of rebuild. So while Beal’s fit isn’t universally beloved by Cs fans, the option may not be on the table anyway.