Can Celtics make a real upgrade?
Again from Lowe: "Meanwhile, the Nuggets can trump most realistic offers for Beal if they include Porter. That is a brutally tough decision.
Porter has flaws and carried the reddest of red injury flags into the draft, but 6-foot dudes who shoot the lights out -- with defenders in trading bradley face -- are incredibly rare. Porter is 22 trading bradley five years younger than Beal.
To include him, the Nuggets would be smart to seek assurances from Beal that he would stay long-term. That assurance that he would binar signals longterm may not come so easily from the Washington guard, who was very open on a recent podcast about what his goals are. Lowe's report comes as the potential of Beal leaving Washington in a trade continues to be a hot topic among NBA pundits and GMs, even if not the Wizards front office during the offseason.
He addressed that on a recent episode of the Old Man and the Three podcast. A lot of them are calling, a lot of them are inquiring and putting packages together, trying to see if they can get me," Beal said.
They've been doing that for the last couple of years. The organization has to show me that we want to win.