The Toronto Raptors have been rumored to be interested in trading for Wizards guard, Bradley Beal, despite him being tied to a very high price.
A couple weeks ago, Sporting News reported that the Raptors had been in contact with the Wizards about what the asking price would be for Beal. They responded with a very high demand from the Raptors if they wanted to acquire the one-time all-star.
The reported deal would include two players and two future first-round picks in exchange for Beal. Those two players who the Wizards would want in return are Pascal Siakam and OG Anunoby.
That demand is likely why Beal is still on the Wizards and not part of the Raptors. They're unlikely to part with such important pieces for a player who is only under contract for just two more seasons after this current one.
Although, they still appear to be keeping tabs on Beal, especially after the spectacular performance he had against the Raptors this past Sunday. He dropped 43 points, 15 assists, and 10 rebounds that helped his team force the Raptors into double-overtime.
This performance will likely keep the Raptors interested in the guard, but they won't likely make a move for him unless the price lowers. These trade rumors began during the stretch when the Raptors were struggling without point guard, Kyle Lowry.
The Raptors were struggling to produce offensively which is why they were looking at external options to bring in and help their team. Another reason why this deal is unlikely to happen is because of the money that Beal is owed over the remaining two seasons on his current contract.
The current Washington Wizard l is owed $27 million for next season and $28 million for the following season. Siakam and Anunoby are both still on their rookie deals making just over $1 million each. Which means adding Beal would push them even further into the luxury tax.
So, there's a lot of things pointing in the wrong direction for this trade to occur. But, the Raptors are still likely to keep tabs on Beal with the hopes of the Wizards asking price to drop in the near future.
What This Means
On paper, adding Beal looks like it could give the Raptors a starting five, but it's unlikely Toronto makes this trade with the asking price so high. It seems that there's no way that they would be willing to surrender all those pieces for just one player in return.
So, as of this moment, the Raptors will monitor the trading block for cheaper options. Unless the price for Beal lowers significantly to the point where it would make sense for the Raptors to pull the trigger.