Report: 76ers are not interested in pursuing Bradley Beal this offseason; getting a deal done with James Harden is the priority
On Wednesday, it was reported that the Washington Wizards were going to explore the possibility of trading All-Star guard Bradley Beal this offseason. 76ers fans quickly took to Twitter to debate a potential trade for the All-Star – as they always do.
The Ringer’s Bill Simmons threw fuel on the Beal to Philly fire last week, pegging Philadelphia as the most likely landing spot for Beal this offseason if Washington were to entertain a trade.
Unfortunately for any 76ers fans hoping to pair Beal with Joel Embiid in 2023, it doesn’t look like Daryl Morey and Co. have any interest in acquiring Washington’s guard.
Per NBC Sports Philadelphia’s John Clark, “The Sixers probably will not be a suitor for Bradley Beal.” Beal’s outrageous contract (averaging over $50M per year), coupled with his declining production in recent years (due somewhat to a slew of injuries), makes trading for him a pretty dicey proposition.
While the CBA is certainly a factor in the 76ers’ disinterest in Beal, their current players also play a role.
Tyrese Maxey is an ascending player whom the team has a lot of faith in. Per Clark, they believe he can be a star. It’s not hard to see why, Maxey is one of the most energetic players the Sixers have had in awhile. While I’m not completely sold on Maxey being a superstar in this league, earning a few All-Star bids is certainly within the realm of possibilities for Maxey during his career.
Then we have the James Harden contract situation, which will end up defining this offseason for Philadelphia. Although Harden is reportedly split between resigning with the 76ers or dipping back to Houston, Philly’s “desired outcome” is to retain Harden with a deal that is fair for both sides.
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If the Sixers could somehow manage resigning Harden while sending Tobias Harris + draft picks to Washington for Beal, I’d be all for it. But if we’re talking about flatout replacing Harden with Beal, it doesn’t move the needle enough to 1.) take on Beal’s ridiculous contract, and 2.) remake the core of the team once again.
Nobody wants to talk about continuity when it comes to building championship rosters in the NBA. It’s all about assembling the team with the most All-Stars – at least from the fans’ perspective. I don’t want to talk about the Denver Nuggets and their championship run anymore than the next Sixers fan. But hey, they kept the core of their team together for years now and would you look at that, it paid off. The same can be said of the Milwaukee Bucks from two years ago.
Keeping Harden, Tobias, and the core of the Sixers together for one more rodeo gives them a better chance at a championship next year than adding Beal and disrupting their continuity.
Getting Beal would undoubtedly get people excited, but I’ve seen this movie before – more times than I’d like to admit. By May of next year, when the 76ers get bounced in the second-round again and everyone shares their referendum on The Process, Sixers Twitter is going to be devising ways to get Beal’s contract off the books while acquiring every notable name in free agency. I’d rather not subject myself to that kind of torture.