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The Bradley Beal trade grades are mostly favorable for the Suns

The Phoenix Suns made a big splash this weekend with the blockbuster trade centered around former Washington Wizards guard Bradley Beal.

The trade is still not finalized as Washington could redirect point guard Chris Paul to a third team.

In the opening frame, the Suns will receive Beal, Jordan Goodwin and Isaiah Todd in exchange for the Wizards landing Paul, Landry Shamet, “multiple” second-round picks and trade picks.

In the 2022-23 season, Beal played in 50 regular season games, averaging 23.2 points on 36.6% three-point shooting.

In the last seven consecutive seasons, he has scored at least 20 points per game. He was out with a season-ending sprained knee but is expected to be fully healthy this offseason.

Bradley Beal trade notes

Charles Curtis, ForTheWin USA Today

Suns – B+: “Maybe adjustment ends up being a problem with too many players looking for the ball in their hands. But that’s a problem you can understand with this group. When you can get three All-Stars together for next to nothing, you do it.”

Wizards – D: “The deal deserves a bit of an INCOMPLETE grade because it sounds like they’re going to turn around and give Paul to a contender (Clippers?)”


Ricky O’Donnell, SB Nation

Suns – B: “If Beal fails to make it in Phoenix, it will be extremely difficult for the Suns to move away from him. It’s a bold move by the Suns, but it doesn’t solve all of their problems.”

Wizards – D+: “(New Wizards GM Michael) Winger and Co. had a mess to clean up from their predecessors and their hands were tied by Beal’s no-trade clause. They didn’t get anything for Beal, but it’s also hard to think they could have done better.”


Jack Maloney, CBS Sports

Suns – B: “The Suns made what appeared to be their all-in move at the deadline last season when they acquired Durant, but managed to take advantage of Beal’s discounted price to add another All-Star to the roster.”

Wizards – D: “Beal had a no-trade clause and one of the worst contracts in the league, but even so, this is a shocking return for the Wizards, who basically just dumped a 29-year-old three-time All-Star on salary alone. “


Sam Jarden, The Sporting News

Suns – B+: “Phoenix made this move with one goal in mind: winning a championship in 2024.”

Wizards – C-: “With a new front office taking over this offseason, it’s clear the Wizards have made the decision to start over. It could be a tough few years ahead in Washington.”


Kevin Pelton, ESPN

Suns – D:”The challenge of Beal’s fit is that he’s being paid as a high-level superstar rather than a complement.”

Wizards – B-:”Washington let Beal go for less than he could have dreamed of getting a few years ago in order to avoid further declines in his trade value over time as he ages and teams think about impact of the second tax platform.”

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