As reported today by ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski, the Wizards are going to engage in talks with star guard Bradley Beal to find a trade destination.
Full ESPN story on the Wizards, Bradley Beal and his agent Mark Bartelstein working together on trade inquiries: https://t.co/2bgf1CMc9h— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) June 14, 2023
Beal holds a no trade clause in his contract, meaning he can veto any trade the Wizards make. It’s the reason the Wizards brain trust must sit down with both Beal and his agent to work through potential trade partners.
Beal also has a 15% trade kicker that raises his already large salary, which could be a concern for teams acquiring him. He’s set to make $46.7 million this season, and still has three years remaining on his supermax contract.
As reported by Shams, Miami is a team to monitor for Beal. They’ve lost two of the last four NBA Finals, and ranked dead last in scoring this season. Adding a player and scorer like Beal would elevate that aspect of their offense and possibly take them over the hump. He mentioned earlier that Miami’s starting trade package to acquire a star would be: Duncan Robinson, Tyler Herro, and three first-round picks.
Shams also mentions the Milwaukee Bucks as potential suitor for Beal.
Other teams that could be interested in Beal:
- New York
Obviously, Beal must okay a trade before it becomes final, but this is a great first step towards a total rebuild. As I tweeted earlier, all signs are pointing towards a full reset in Washington:
I can’t lie, I’m as confident as ever in the Wizards rebuilding:— Greg Finberg (@GregFinberg) June 14, 2023
• Reportedly listening to Beal offers
• KP could opt in (sign & trade?)
• Kuz likely opting out
• Winger given full autonomy
• Ted open to a rebuild
• Opposing teams expect it
I think it may be time
Let me know your best trade packages for Beal below.
Our own Matt Modderno discuss the potential trade in more detail on the Bleav in Wizards podcast today. They covered what a deal might look like and how a trade prior to the draft could influence the front office’s draft strategy. Additional reporting has stated that the Wizards are interested in trading into the top 3 of this year’s draft, which was also discussed on the podcast.