On Wednesday afternoon, reports came out that Bradley Beal and the Washington Wizards may work out a trade this offseason. A large portion of Boston Celtics fans immediately jumped for joy as they know Beal is close friends with Jayson Tatum. Most of those fans also probably started punching in players to their NBA trade machines to see how the C’s can land Beal.
What they don’t realize is that Beal does not move the needle for the Celtics.
Beal is 29 years old and has accomplished almost nothing in the NBA. He plays a brand of basketball that is not necessarily a winning way. Adding Beal to this Boston Celtics team would make their defense even worse than it was a year ago. Also, at this point in his career, Beal is unreliable. He has played 60 games or less in each of the last four seasons.
Bradley Beal isn’t someone the Boston Celtics could rely on in big moments
A big reason why Beal does not move the needle is because he is a losing player that doesn’t have what it takes to win in the big moments. I would much rather just have the Celtics put their faith in Tatum and Brown than add Beal, which would ultimately create a smaller window.
If the Celtics were to pursue a star to add to the Jays, I want someone who has a winning pedigree and can help lead them, not derail them. This is why I would be shocked if the Celtics landed Beal.
Making a big swing like trading for Beal is not the move the Celtics should be looking to make if they truly desire contending for a championship. The Cs should be looking for veteran players to enhance their core or if they want to make a splash move, it has to be for a star that is a proven winner.
Ultimately, it will be interesting to see if anything arises with Beal and the Boston Celtics.