Bradley Beal has spent his entire career with the Washington Wizards, although the shooting guard has a huge decision to make concerning his future in Washington. Beal is under contract with the Wizards for a further two seasons but is yet to accept a new long term deal with the franchise.
Complicating matters is the fact that Beal could be eligible to sign a super-max deal next summer, while the Wizards are also set for another tough season due to a bloated wage bill and the continued absence of John Wall.
Due to this, many believe that Beal’s long-term future lies away from Washington, and it is possible that a trade could materialize in the coming months.
A player of Beal’s talents will attract serious interest on the trade market, and here we will look at three teams that could complete a trade for the All-Star guard.
#3 Los Angeles Lakers
The Los Angeles Lakers pushed hard to add a third star during the opening days of free agency, although Kawhi Leonard eventually snubbed the franchise in favor of joining the LA Clippers.
After missing out on Leonard, the Lakers proceeded to fill out their roster with several veteran role players, although Frank Vogel's team are still missing an elite guard.
Evidently, a player of Beal's qualities would be of interest to the Lakers, and the 26-year-old would fit seamlessly alongside James and Anthony. A trade would be tough to complete due to LA’s lack of cap space, and the likes of JaVale McGee, Kyle Kuzma, and Kentavious Caldwell-Pope would need to be included in any deal. Yet, Beal would present the Lakers with a true third star, and one that could shift the balance of power in the West.
#2 Oklahoma City Thunder
Beal has been linked with the Oklahoma City Thunder since last February, and some wanted to see the guard form an All-star trio with Russell Westbrook and Paul George. However, despite the departures of PG13 and Westbrook, Beal remains an intriguing option for Sam Presti and the Thunder.
At 26, Beal is the same age as Dennis Schroder and Steven Adams, while the Thunder also has emerging talent in Terrance Ferguson and Hamidou Diallo. With Chris Paul and Shai Gilgeous-Alexander also joining as part of the Paul George trade, Beal’s arrival would put the Thunder into instant playoff contention. There is no doubt that the Thunder have the assets to get a deal done, although Presti may be hesitant to give up too much due to Beal's ongoing contract situation.
#1 Miami Heat
While plenty of teams will be interested in adding Beal, no team appears as determined as the Miami Heat. Pat Riley is a big fan of the shooting guard and the legendary executive is desperate to add a second star to play alongside his latest recruit in Jimmy Butler.
Butler himself will turn 30 later this year, and it is believed that Riley offered the All-Star some significant assurances over his vision for the Heat.
It is also worth noting that Miami were putting together a trade package for Russell Westbrook before the point guard headed to Houston, and Beal could be next. Reports have also suggested that the Heat are willing to take on John Wall as part of a huge trade and this could be the deciding factor due to Washington's apparent desire to trade away their injury-prone star.