how the heck did you come to that conclusion (that I stubbornly hold on to it)? I just mentioned it once, as a possible trade that I'd be in favour of. Beal is an established all star with a track record of playoff success, he's young and on a good contract. He's a fit on any team because he's an all around guy, great shooter, very good ball handler and a plus defender. Because of all that, he will be expensive, more expensive than say butler, who might be a better player in a vacuum.
Am I saying we have to trade for him? No - but I think we'd be a better playoff team if we do.
If this team has one weakness, it's that we are light on shot creators. Outside of kawhi, we have no other player with a history of being able to create his shot against playoff defenses. Beal would give us a second guy, and we'd only sacrifice depth, which is less important.
Is it a risky trade? You bet, siakam and OG are true blue chip prospects now with a great future. I'd be very happy if we don't make this trade, I would even give you that it's better than 50-50 that in a few years we'd look like losers in this potential trade. But if Kawhi leaves, it matters little, we are now really, really close to a title. Far closer than we've ever been, and far closer than we'll be anytime soon if Kawhi leaves. A trade for Beal brings us a bit closer, while not sacrificing our future (like a butler trade would have done).
As for demar for batum, I could point out that that conversation was 4 years ago when demar was a far weaker player that he developed in recent years. Or I could point out that you said demar is as good a player as Giannis a few months ago … Even if I was wrong then, doesn't mean I can never be right, same as you are allowed to be right in the future, despite your highly questionable claim about Giannis and demar 😉