Lastly and most importantly, Bradley Beal can’t stay healthy. Over the last three seasons, he’s only played in 66% of games for the Washington Wizards. He’s only gotten more banged up and suffered more injuries as that time ticked by. What’s more likely to happen, that he gets hurt again with the Cavs, or that he’s magically healthy and played 82 games for every year he’s in Cleveland?
This isn’t just a recent trend, in fact, his earlier injuries are proof that his issues are just getting worse. For the first four years of his career, he played in just 70 games once, and only twice in his career has he hit 80+ games. He missed 25% of games possible over the first four years of his career. Now he’s missing 34% of the games he could be playing.
If Beal was on a fair deal, coming over in free agency, sure, let’s take the risk. We can get him for two years and see how it plays out. That’s not the case here. You’re giving up two young assets, and two first-round picks to get a player who can’t win when if he’s healthy, and that’s a big “if” as he’s apparently perpetually hurt or dealing with nagging injuries.
It’s best to not go after Beal, as his history of injuries, his age, declining age, and contract demands would be disastrous for the Cavs to navigate.