Source: #Hornets are active in engaging Washington on trade talks for Bradley Beal. Marvin Williams or Nic Batum have been discussed as salary filler + Charlotte management is willing to include w/ draft pick. Serious sense of urgency to improve roster now around Kemba. #BuzzCity— Spencer Percy (@QCHspencer) November 20, 2018
Rick Bonnell of the Charlotte Observer later confirmed the report through a source of his own.
News of the inquiry comes just days after it was reported that the Wizards were listening to offers for all of their players, including the previously untouchable Beal and John Wall. The Wizards currently hold a 5-11 record despite a lofty team payroll that has them well into the luxury tax. With the team struggling, the ever present rumbles of discord within the team’s ranks have reached a fever pitch.
Among the turmoil, Bradley Beal is having a somewhat down year by his standards. He’s averaging 21.5 points, 4.6 rebounds, and 3.5 assists per game on 45.5/33.9/77.6% shooting, a few ticks below his averages from last year’s All Star season.
No word on what the Hornets have put on the table, but any deal would likely include a first round pick going to Washington from Charlotte along with some combination of Malik Monk, Jeremy Lamb, and salary filler. The team’s interest indicates that the team is actively trying to improve the team around Kemba Walker before he becomes a free agent this summer.
Should the Hornets acquire Beal, he’d immediately become the go-to second scorer Charlotte has been pining for. Walker and Beal fit together much better than Beal and Wall do with Kemba being a much better shooter and off ball player than Wall. The duo would almost undoubtedly be the best back court combination in the Eastern Conference and would all but assure the Hornets a playoff berth.