Warriors' core reportedly lobbying team to trade draft picks for star, with Beal as top target

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The Golden State Warriors' veteran stars are reportedly pitching team brass on acquiring another superstar to make their "super team" whole again.

The Dubs' veteran trio of Steph Curry, Klay Thompson and Draymond Green have apparently lobbied team officials to rekindle their previously high-octane offense with another scorer, according to The Athletic -- and Wizards star Bradley Beal has apparently emerged as their prime target.

The 30-something veterans have even suggested that the team package their first-round picks in next week's draft -- the 7th and 14th selections overall -- in order to facilitate a blockbuster trade if need be, The Athletic's Marcus Thompson reported.

Beal, 28, was slated to play for Team USA in Tokyo, but will miss the Games after testing positive for coronavirus last week. The nine-year veteran and three-time All-Star has emerged as one of the league's top scorers in recent seasons, finishing behind only Curry last season with 31 points per game.

The former Florida Gators standout is under contract for two more seasons, and has publicly expressed his desire to remain in Washington and build a winner there. The team, for its part, has also said it intends to keep its star.

However, the Wizards have floundered in recent seasons, seemingly frittering away Beal's prime. The only constant seems to be change, with the team unloading former franchise point guard John Wall last offseason in the deal that brought Russell Westbrook back to Washington. Head coach Scott Brooks was let go this offseason, after five years at the helm.

Meanwhile the hiring of Wes Unseld Jr. as Brooks' replacement could signal the Wizards' willingness to slow walk their rebuild, Thompson reported, perhaps further muddying Beal's future there.

In order to make a Beal trade work financially, the Warriors would almost certainly have to send Andrew Wiggins and his hefty contract back to Washington, the story said.

The Warriors' aging veterans are apparently seeking to recapture the magic that saw them appear in five consecutive NBA Finals, from 2014-19, when they captured three titles. The team has seen a downturn in its fortunes since the fateful 2019 Finals against the Raptors, first losing Kevin Durant to injury and then in free agency, and also playing without Klay Thompson each of the past two years due to a pair of devastating knee injuries.

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