A healthy Bradley Beal isn’t worth $36 million per year, and Beal, whatever he is now, isn’t worth that or more. Beal would be coming to the Cavs on a one-year, $36 million deal, and he’s going to want an extension around the same amount of what he’s already been paid. Beal just isn’t worth that.
Be honest with yourself, besides scoring 30 points per game when he was younger, what else does Beal offer your team that warrants that much money, over the course of four or five years? He can’t play defense, and if he’s not shooting well, he can’t facilitate for other players. He’s a one-trick pony that benefits from the NBA’s desire to make superstars out of better-than-average players.
I genuinely don’t think Beal is a superstar. He can’t lead his team to a winning record when he puts up huge numbers, which means he isn’t impacting all facets of the game. If he’s as good as his salary claims he is, he better be able to do just that. If he wants to shave his contract demands in half, then sure, let’s talk.
Yet, an undersized shooting guard, with a fat deal, no three-point shot to speak, and a history of losing as the top dog? Yeah, that’s gonna be a no from me dog.