Bradley Beal Trade Rumors: Top Landing Spots for the Washington Wizards Star

Bradley Beal Trade Rumors: Top Landing Spots for the Washington Wizards Star

Joel Reyes
June 15, 2023 at 6:13 AM
  • The Washington Wizards have explored the possibility of trading away Bradley Beal
  • Beal just completed the first season of a five-year, $251mil contract with the Wizards
  • The 29-year-old guard is the only current NBA player with a no-trade clause in his deal

The Washington Wizards sent shockwaves across the NBA on Wednesday with the news that they are open to trading superstar, Bradley Beal this offseason.

The three-time NBA All-Star has a no-trade clause, though, meaning he will get to choose whom he plays for next season.

Amid questions on where the 29-year-old will play next, here are the top landing spots for Beal.

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Bradley Beal of the Washington Wizards rests during a break in the game against the Sacramento Kings at Capital One Arena on March 18, 2023 in Washington, DC. Image: G Fiume
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Miami Heat

Beal knows that the only thing his career is missing at this stage is an NBA championship. For that reason alone, he needs to consider the Miami Heat to be his next team.

The three-time NBA champs are looking for another proven scorer after they fell short in their bid to win the title against the Denver Nuggets.

Gabe Vincent, Caleb Martin, and Max Strus were non-factors in the championship series after excelling in the Eastern Conference Finals.

Vincent averaged 11.4 points on 38% shooting against the Nuggets. Martin and Strus were even worse, averaging 7.4 and 5.8 points, respectively, in the Finals.

According to Shamsa Charania and Josh Robbins of The Athletic, the Heat have already expressed their interest in acquiring Beal from the Wizards.

To land him, however, Miami may have to trade away Tyler Herro and several first-round picks to Washington.

Los Angeles Clippers

The Wizards made a significant move this offseason, signing Michael Winger to be their new president. Winger previously served as the general manager of the Los Angeles Clippers, so he knows a thing or two about the players in that organization.

He might be interested in acquiring the future draft picks of the Clippers, given the uncertainty surrounding the long-term health of star players Kawhi Leonard and Paul George.

Starting next month, the Clippers may be able to trade two unprotected picks in 2028 and 2030, along with two unprotected swaps in 2027 and 2029, to the Wizards for Beal.

New York Knicks

One team that might be interested in acquiring Beal is the New York Knicks. They tried to land a superstar guard last offseason in Donovan Mitchell but were denied in their bid after the Utah Jazz traded him to the Cleveland Cavaliers.

In July, the Knicks will have 11 first-round picks that they can trade to other teams, one of which originally came from the Wizards, per CBS Sports.

To land Beal, they may have to surrender some of those picks and either Julius Randle or RJ Barrett to Washington.

Acquiring Beal may also help New York in its pursuit of prized big man Joel Embiid, who made no secret of his desire to team up with the Wizards star last season.

Anthony congratulates his former team

Sports Brief also reported on Carmelo Anthony congratulating the Nuggets following their Finals win.

He tweeted "CHAMPS! Congrats @nuggets" after Denver beat the Miami Heat in Game 5 of their series.

Anthony started his NBA career in Denver, playing seven and a half seasons there before moving on.

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