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3 trades the Houston Rockets need to make for Bradley Beal

WASHINGTON, DC - JANUARY 31: Bradley Beal #3 of the Washington Wizards reacts during the second half against the Brooklyn Nets at Capital One Arena on January 31, 2021 in Washington, DC. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Will Newton/Getty Images)
WASHINGTON, DC - JANUARY 31: Bradley Beal #3 of the Washington Wizards reacts during the second half against the Brooklyn Nets at Capital One Arena on January 31, 2021 in Washington, DC. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Will Newton/Getty Images)
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Bradley Beal #3 of the Washington Wizards (Photo by Michael Reaves/Getty Images)

Houston Rockets: Why they need to deal for Bradley Beal

Bradley Beal has steadily grown from a promising young player into a bonafide superstar. Over the past four seasons, Beal has increased his points per game each season and become one of the league’s best free-throw merchants.

Last season, he averaged 8 free throw attempts a game and has increased that number to 8.3 this season on a career-best 89.1-percent from the stripe. The Rockets’ biggest needs on offense are shooting and trips to the free-throw line and Bradley Beal has both in spades.

Almost every contender has tapped out their assets to build their current roster which leaves the Rockets in a fantastic position to offer the Wizards the best offer. The Rockets should use the assets they received from the Nets for James Harden to make a move for Bradley Beal.

The Rockets aren’t a contender because of their sputtering offense, but they have an elite defense. A player of Beal’s quality could steer their offense out of the doldrums and suddenly the Rockets would be a team with both a top-10 offense and defense.

The franchise shouldn’t try to follow the Philadelphia 76ers’ famed “process” and build a championship-caliber team through shameless tanking. They have the assets to land a real superstar right now, and one with Bradley Beal’s quality could make them a real threat in the Western Conference.

The Rockets by virtue of their smothering defense are ahead of schedule in their rebuild. These are three trades the Rockets need to make to land Bradley Beal and become a championship contender.

Next: Trade #3

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