There Is no doubt in anyone’s mind that there needs to be a retooling of the roster in the wake of the disastrous 2019-2020 season. Still, basic mathematics suggests that targeting Bradley Beal or anyone of his pay-grade or higher is not logical or ideal.
Beal is only 26 years old, the talent is undeniably there, and I believe he still has room to grow his game and continue to improve, but it’s too late for the Nets to make a move like this. The best way for them to attempt an upgrade somewhere on the roster is to try and trade for a quality role player with versatility.
Serge Ibaka, for example, is a tremendous rebounder, can protect the paint as well as switch onto guards on the perimeter. He can also help in the three-point shooting department (though not as much as Beal) shooting a respectable 36.1 percent from three for his career and eye-popping 39.8 percent for the season.
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Ibaka will be a free agent at the official end of the season and Marks would have to convince the Toronto Raptors to do a sign and trade to get him on the roster because as I stated before, the Nets do not have any cap space to sign any free agents except for Joe Harris because the Nets own his bird-rights.
The most reasonable and logical choice for Marks to make would be to stand pat for now and wait till the offseason. Try to work a sign and trade for an Ibaka type player, try to package Deandre Jordan or Taurean Prince with draft picks together to make the deal more appealing to potential partners.
Brooklyn Nets fans in favor of trading for Bradley Beal, I ask you this; Does acquiring Beal guarantee the Nets will defeat Giannis Antetokounmpo and the Bucks or Joel Embiid and the 76ers in the playoffs? If that somehow were to happen, does that increase their chances of beating the LeBron James the Los Angeles Lakers or Kawhi Leonard and the LA Clippers in the finals?
I’m not even sure it’s enough to beat the Boston Celtics in a seven-game series. Maybe it increases the possibility of winning a seven-game series, but it doesn’t guarantee you a championship or even a seat in the finals.
Trading away your most valuable assets to come in third place just doesn’t make sense when you can allocate your resources elsewhere and have a higher probability of winning.