Earlier today we posted an article about Kevin Love trade rumors involving Klay Thompson with thoughts on how a similar deal involving the Wizards and Bradley Beal might work. The post included tweets from my friend and colleague Dan Feldman, who covers the NBA for ProBasketballTalk.com and runs the Detroit Pistons "Piston Powered" web site.
Dan took time to expand on those previous tweetable thoughts so I added them below. He makes compelling points even for those of that struggle with the idea of Washington dealing the 20-year-old guard who averaged over 17 points per game in his second season. Several teams including the Warriors, Nuggets and Celtics are reportedly in the mix for Love. Apparently not part of that group, the Wizards. Should they be is the question.
Beal is one of the NBA's most valuable shooting guards. He's young, on a rookie-scale deal for two more years and already a solid player.
But Love is a top-10 player and just 25. As long as you believe you can re-sign him, you don't pass on him due to Bradley Beal.
Think about it another way. If you were starting a team from scratch, would you rather have Love or Beal?
That Beal already plays for the Wizards clouds the picture, but it shouldn't. It does nothing to change the players' true values.
If the trade means also losing Marcin Gortat and costing Washington some balance, so be it. There will be time to re-configure.
Love would immediately become the Eastern Conference's second-best player behind LeBron James. The Wizards could get much better very quickly.
In the meantime, Love throwing outlet passes that get John Wall a head start on the defense might become the NBA's scariest weapon.
Any minds changed or still not convinced? Whatever the Minnesota Timberwolves do with Love expect it come by the June 26 NBA Draft.