The Washington Wizards have said time and time again that Bradley Beal is not up for trade negotiations. They already signed him to a two-year contract extension last year so they could put trade speculation to rest, last season.
But that won’t stop the rumor mill.
According to NBC Sports Bay Area, NBC Sports’ Tom Haberstroh mentioned that the Golden State Warriors have the trade assets to bring in an All-Star player like Beal. NBC Sports Washington’s Matt Weyrich elaborated on that, adding that Beal would join their All-Star loaded rotation which already includes Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson, and that one of Golden State’s main assets is the No. 2 pick in the 2020 NBA Draft.
I can see Beal getting traded in the middle of next season at earliest if the Wizards start poorly again. But I don’t see him getting traded now. But let’s assume Washington is willing to deal with Golden State. They will have to take back some salary in exchange for Beal. Andrew Wiggins is probably the one player who would go to Washington in a two-team trade, and he’s on a deal that will expire after the 2021-22 season. Beal’s contract has a player option for the 2022-23 season.
I’m not sure how adding Wiggins and the No. 2 pick in this year’s draft can convince the Wizards to let go of one of their cornerstones at this moment in time. But again, Beal could realistically be traded sometime over the next year should the Wizards continue to underperform in the standings.