Opposing organizations don’t get the impression that this is some kind of leverage play from the Wizards. They don’t believe Washington is insisting that Beal is unavailable as some kind of ploy to raise an asking price. General manager Tommy Sheppard is operating inside a market that just saw the Rockets acquire four first-round draft picks and four first-round draft swaps in exchange for Harden. Only a few months ago, the Pelicans received three first-rounders and two swaps for Jrue Holiday. Beal could reasonably command more than New Orleans got, especially if a trade came now — though there would be complications in trying to pull off a deal before the trade deadline.
Beal has so far expressed he wants to remain in Washington and has not indicated he prefers to be traded, sources with knowledge of the situation tell The Athletic. The Wizards, in turn, have no interest in trading him. Amid calls from the general public and even ones from around the league that a team at the bottom of the standings would be best off dealing its prized player, Washington has made it clear it has no plans to move him.
He is privately frustrated and confused with the perpetual portrayal of his situation, according to sources familiar with his thinking. After seeing other players take criticism for requesting to leave teams, those sources say Beal feels he’s getting nitpicked for choosing to stay in D.C., where he began his NBA career in 2012. He felt similarly when he signed an extension in October 2019. Speculation about his future has swirled since before then.
There is a long way to go until the March 25 trade deadline, but several teams that would be in the hunt for Beal do not expect him to become available this season. “(The Wizards) have maintained what they’ve always maintained,” one rival executive said. “They’re building something in Washington around Beal.”
Bradley Beal’s body language against the Nets during the first half and what NBA executives and scouts were saying. Michael Scotto: I texted with a couple of executives and scouts. One executive in the East told me, “Damn, that’s unbelievable. Red flags everywhere.” Another scout, who’s been in the league for over a decade at this point, texted me, “He looks like he’s done with them.” That was in the first half.
Michael Scotto: You mentioned that the Wizards aren’t necessarily looking to move him. I’ve gotten that same sentiment as well. Coming into the year, they thought with re-signing Davis Bertans, trading for Russell Westbrook and reuniting him with Brooks and hoping he can recapture that MVP form or at least an All-Star level player, pair him with Beal, they thought they were a playoff team in the East and as high as six in the conferenceaccording to somepeople I spoke to in the organization going into the season. That was their hope. It hasn’t turned out like that. Thomas Bryant also got hurt.
Fred Katz: Brad hasn’t said he wants out. The team doesn’t want to trade him. At this point, that’s been the case for long enough that I’m just going to continue to believe that until I explicitly hear hints of otherwise. And this isn’t just from conversations with people close to Beal. These are conversations with people from other teams who call up the Wizards. The league sees what’s happening here. The Wizards are 4-12. Beal’s a free agent in the summer of 2022. The league sees him as the next guy to get traded after James Harden.
So if Beal wants atrade or the Wizards explore a trade, what’s his value? Michael Scotto: One exec said, ‘A whole bunch of picks, and I think they could try to have another team take a bad contract with him as well. I think it’d be somewhere between the Jrue Holiday and Harden trades. Harden was an MVP scoring champ in terms of talent. He (Beal) is in between both of them.’ Another exec said, ‘If you look at the last couple of trades, depending on the players going back, I’d imagine two or three first-round picks and potentially pick swaps as well.’
The New Orleans Pelicans' interest in Beal remains one of the biggest open secrets around the league, and it seems their massive haul for Jrue Holiday would be the Wizards' required starting point in any negotiations.
The Nuggets have been as linked to Beal as the Pelicans, and they could offer Washington the only blockbuster trade ingredient it appears New Orleans cannot: a bonafide blue-chip prospect in Michael Porter Jr. Yet that is where any semblance of certainty stops in this hypothetical.
The Hawks also widely signaled that 2018 first-round pick Kevin Huerter was available via trade prior to draft night. Atlanta would need to include Tony Snell and one other smaller contract to match Beal's salary. Adding John Collins would make the money work, and if the Wizards are willing to sign him to the max-level contract sources say he desires in his upcoming restricted free agency, Atlanta holds all of its first-rounders plus the Oklahoma City Thunder's lottery-protected 2022 first-round pick.
The New York Knicks have $17 million in cap room, a number of expiring contracts, several recent first-round selections on their roster and a cupboard full of future draft picks at their disposal. The Knicks never had much interest in Westbrook this offseason, league sources say. But adding Beal may be worth the risk. The Knicks would finally have an unquestioned All-NBA talent on their roster, still several years shy of turning 30, with a clean cap sheet of their own to add another co-star.
The Knicks have five first-round picks in the next three drafts. They have two picks coming from the Dallas Mavericks as a result of the Kristaps Porzingis trade. The 2021 pick is unprotected. At the moment, it looks like that could be a top-20 pick. So New York could offer Washington two strong picks in the 2021 draft, which is seen as incredibly deep. As ESPN’s Brian Windhorst noted on ESPN Radio with Alan Hahn and Bart Scott, several NBA teams are limited in what picks they can offer in a trade because of previous trades they’ve made. And because NBA teams can’t trade their own first-round picks in consecutive seasons. So the Knicks could have an advantage on some Beal suitors with regard to first-round picks.
That was the issue several teams brought up when talking about potential Beal deals. It should be noted that Oladipo can be a free agent this offseason, but Houston can trade him instead of losing him for nothing. "RJ Barrett isn’t there yet. Neither is Mitchell Robinson. Maybe they could do something around both guys? But I don’t think a package around one of them is enough,” one team said. “Randle’s having a great season, but I don't know if he'd headline a Beal trade.”
The Knicks wouldn’t have a problem matching salaries for the trade. They are roughly $18 million under the cap. But, the opposing teams and former execs we spoke to all mentioned that several teams with young, established stars could put together better packages. “The picks alone probably won’t get it done,” a former exec said.
Fred Katz: Bradley Beal is the biggest trade domino in the league. And when I say biggest trade domino, I mean, I'm not talking about the Wizards wanting to trade him. They don't, from every estimation that I've gotten, they don't. I talked to a couple people with other teams yesterday, who told me that as recently as the last time they spoke to the Wizards, they just won't even engage (in trade talks), and every indication that I hear is that Beal has just flat out not said he wants out.
Fred Katz on Bradley Beal: If you polled people around the league, he is the guy. He's the most wanted guy who other people believe should be available.
Ava Wallace: Scott Brooks on constant Bradley Beal trade rumors: "Of course every team would want him, but the good part about it, the team that he's on wants him the most. ...We're not interested. We're not interested."
He shared conversation with Beal’s agent Mark Bartelstein who said that his client’s thought are on turning the Wizards around. “I think this a conversation for the Wizards and Beal that perhaps is had in the offseason. He is not going to be on the trade market in the near future,” Wojnarowski said. “And he’s not expressed really at all yet that he’s ready to move on. He has loved that city, that organization. He is fighting through a lot right now.”
Should Beal enter the trade market, the interest would be ‘massive,’ according to Woj. “Every team in the league would have interest trying to find the way ‘Do we have the assets to get Bradley Beal? Do we think we could keep him long-term?'” he said, adding that teams are monitoring Beal’s situation every day.
The latest buzz comes from a somewhat offhand remark from Adrian Wojnarowski as he discussed the Beal situation on ESPN’s “The Jump,” but given that Woj is as plugged in as they come, his certainty here is still worth noting (emphasis mine): “There’s not a team in the league who wouldn’t love to find a way to add Bradley Beal... I think for teams like Golden State or the Denvers, teams who have assets who are contenders when they’re healthy, but also, let’s say if you’re Golden State, you’ve got that Minnesota draft pick, if you’re Denver, you’ve got a great young player in Michael Porter Jr., you’ve got an All-Star in Jamal Murray in the backcourt. Now I’m not saying they’re going to do it, but you look at those teams and say ‘they have enough to get in the conversation.’ “And that’s going to be the decision for teams all over the league. Of course the Lakers and Clippers would love to be able to get involved in that, but do they have the draft picks? Do they have the young players it would take that would top a package from some other teams? Maybe not.
The Jump: "There's been no indication that Beal might become available. No teams sense that" - @Adrian Wojnarowski #NBA #NBATwitter #TheJump #DCAboveAll
The Jump: "I talked to Brad's agent and he told me that right now, Brad's focus with the Wizards is turning this season around. When he signed that extension, he knew there was going to be a period of growth" - @Adrian Wojnarowski #NBA #NBATwitter #TheJump #DCAboveAll pic.twitter.com/etQlwPM2nS
The Jump: "Beal's long-term future is very uncertain in Washington" - @Adrian Wojnarowski #NBA #NBATwitter #TheJump #DCAboveAll
The Jump: "Bradley Beal has been extremely loyal to the Wizards" - @Adrian Wojnarowski #NBA #NBATwitter #TheJump #DCAboveAll
The Jump: "With Beal, there are a lot more teams that believe that you can just fit him in and find a way. Teams like Golden State, Denver who have assets" - @Adrian Wojnarowski #NBA #NBATwitter #TheJump #DCAboveAll
The Jump: "He believes in what we're doing" - Scott Brooks on Beal @Washington Wizards #NBA #NBATwitter #TheJump #DCAboveAll
Fred Katz: Here is the single most important Bradley Beal quote from his postgame session today. Amidst all the trade talk, he said this: "It’s tough. We wanna win. I wanna win. This is why I stayed. I wanna win (here). I figure this is the place I can get it done."
So with Brooklyn-bound James Harden now officially off the trade market, what can the Heat realistically do to improve the roster? Four possibilities: Hope the Wizards make guard Bradley Beal available, which could be as simple as Beal eventually saying he wants out, as Harden did with Houston. The Heat’s interest level is high, a source reiterated.
Moreover, regardless of Beal’s desires, Washington’s interests lie strongly in moving him sooner rather than later. For starters, what’s the point of keeping him if the Wizards stink anyway? More importantly, his trade value will never, ever be higher than right now, when he is still under contract for 18 more months and playing at an All-Star level. Between that, his age (27), and the snug fit of his perimeter game next to other star-caliber players, I’d argue that Beal actually might have more trade value than James Harden. The Wizards would be foolish not to explore this.
League sources expect Miami to remain in the race for either Harden or Beal. But the fact the Heat can only offer their 2027 first-round pick hurts their odds of making a splash, and as ESPN’s Brian Windhorst first reported in December, that caused early discussions with Houston to fizzle.
Teams already widely known to have interest in Harden, such as the Nets and Sixers, would unsurprisingly also have interest in Beal, league sources say. Most people around the league consider Brooklyn a fairly unlikely destination to land a star considering it lacks a high-value player or asset to put into a deal. Philadelphia, however, remains a threat to acquire anyone if Daryl Morey is willing to give up Ben Simmons. How many draft picks or young players he’d be willing to add with Simmons may be the bigger question.
In addition to Bogdanovic, he cited Washington Wizards guard Bradley Beal as a desirable target for the Bucks. Without impugning specific teammates, Antetokounmpo was implicitly suggesting what just about everyone in the organization — and the NBA — knew: The Bucks needed to upgrade their backcourt.
But if they come up empty-handed, they would apparently pivot to trying to acquire Wizards' star, Bradley Beal. "If Giannis Antetokounmpo signs a max extension with the Bucks, Washington guard Bradley Beal becomes the No. 1 Heat target if or when he becomes available," according to the Miami Herald's Barry Jackson. "The Heat’s interest remains very high, according to a source with direct knowledge."
The Wizards have never shown any interest in trading Beal. They’ve hung up on rival executives who have dared to inquire about his availability.
Vincent Goodwill: Bradley Beal and Zach LaVine have been hot names around the league, according to league sources. Philadelphia has been one among many, but the Wizards and Bulls have rebuffed overtures.
As for Beal, after consistent trade rumors linked to his name, sources tell NBC Sports Washington that Beal wants to see an improved roster around him to challenge for a playoff spot as he enters his ninth season in Washington.
Tim Bontemps: Wizards GM Tommy Sheppard is asked about Bradley Beal's availability on a pre-draft trade call and he is unequivocal: "Bradley Beal isn't going anywhere."
It's fun to dream about the kind of damage they could do together. But apparently, that's all we can do, at least for now. In order to acquire Beal, the Wizards obviously would have to be willing to give him up. And currently, that's not the case. "We're building this team around Bradley Beal," Wizards general manager Tommy Sheppard told ESPN's Zach Lowe on Thursday on the "Lowe Post" podcast. "He's a tremendous human being. He's a tremendous player. He's exactly what we want to have here with the Washington Wizards."
Bullets Forever: Couple other takeaways from Sheppard on the Lowe podcast: 1) Sheppard made clear he’s not looking for shortcuts and the “win a little more now at the expense of the future” moves are a thing of the past;
The Wizards have shown no inclination to trade Beal, sources say, and might do so only if Beal -- under contract through at least 2021-22 -- indicates he would prefer to play elsewhere. Could that happen at the trade deadline if the Wizards are bad again?
Rarely have the No. 1 and 2 picks gone to teams in various win-now stages. Both the Minnesota Timberwolves and Golden State Warriors have explored trading their picks for All-NBA-level stars, sources say, but no such deal appears (for now) likely to materialize. The Wizards have shown no interest in trading Beal for either pick, sources say. Ditto for Phoenix with Devin Booker and Philadelphia with Ben Simmons.
Rivals are not giving up on Beal becoming available sooner. Multiple strong playoff teams have called teams in the top 10 of the draft, investigating what it would take to acquire those picks, sources have said. Do those teams love a certain prospect? Or are they seeking ammo for a big trade?
Still, nothing has changed from the Wizards' side of things [regarding a potential Bradley Beal trade], as general manager Tommy Sheppard explained Tuesday on the 'Grant and Danny' show on 106.7 The Fan.J Sheppard expressed in detail how the relationship between him and Beal remains strong and that Beal has not asked to be traded.
"Brad absolutely has been committed to us. Last summer, he signed an extension with us. I think we're absolutely committed to him. The biggest thing we ask for each other is 'hey, let's go win,'" Sheppard said. "He and I have been a straight line of communication throughout the offseason. He's really excited for next season. He hasn't given any indication whatsoever on that and I wouldn't expect to hear about it from anybody but him. He and I have always been straight-line, Grant. And I think he's as committed to D.C. as he always has been."
But perhaps the Wizards want everybody to think that's the case to drive up the asking price. As for the rumors -- do they impact Beal? How much do they distract him? "When I'm playing and see those things, I don't let it bother me," he said this week on "The Old Man & The Three" podcast. "I feel like early in my career, it probably would have. "But now, it's a place of just understanding your value, understanding you're wanted -- especially by teams who want to win, teams who want to win a championship."
As for the rumors -- do they impact Beal? How much do they distract him? "When I'm playing and see those things, I don't let it bother me," he said this week on "The Old Man & The Three" podcast. "I feel like early in my career, it probably would have. But now, it's a place of just understanding your value, understanding you're wanted -- especially by teams who want to win, teams who want to win a championship."
"Teams are trying. A lot of them are calling, a lot of them are inquiring and putting packages together -- trying to see if they can get me," he explained. "That's not a secret. They've been doing that for the last couple of years. I don't view it as a distraction. It's kind of a sign of respect and motivation too. Keep doing what you're doing, keep playing hard, keep being the professional that you are. People like that, people are gravitating towards you. Understand what you have here (with the Wizards), but understand that you're wanted elsewhere too. So just understanding your value and appreciating it."
NBA Central: Bradley Beal explains why he signed a 1+1 year extension with Washington "You still want to be able to protect yourself and kinda be selfish. How can I create some type of flexibility for myself if we aren’t winning, if I do choose to get out." (🎥 @OldManAndThree ) pic.twitter.com/EFa0dRvfSt
The first is that he’s given no indication [Bradley Beal] wants to leave Washington, and multiple league sources believe the Wizards don’t want to move him. He has two more seasons before deciding on a 2022-’23 player option, which buys the Wizards time. Not that the Wizards have been in anything other than purgatory the last few seasons, but moving Beal means a full-scale rebuild.
Beal recently joined the On the Road with Buck & Phil podcast and discussed his future with the Wizards after signing his two-year, nearly $72 million extension with Washington last October. Here’s part of what he had to say when asked what it would mean for him to stay in D.C. for his entire career: “That would mean the world, man. I’m a loyal guy. I want to be here. I’m here. I’ve signed my extension. And that will mean the world to me. That honestly would you know, being able to finish your career in one place? You know, you don’t see that in today’s game.”
However, Beal legitimately does seem motivated to make things work with the Wizards, even revealing hopes to recruit players to join him in Washington: “So that would definitely be honor, you know, but my ultimate goal is to win. I want to win and we got to win. And I know we can win. I know it’s a place where we can win and I know it’s a place where we can get guys to come here to win. But we got to go prove it on the floor for sure.”
One of the largest homes in L.A.’s hip Venice neighborhood has sold for $6.8 million, according to property records. That number ranks as the seaside enclave’s priciest residential deal of 2020, and the biggest transaction since last November, when Kuwaiti heiress Samar Alghanim paid $8.5 million for her own Venice compound. This time around, the buyers are two-time NBA All-Star Bradley Beal, currently a shooting guard for the Washington Wizards, and his wife Kamiah Adams, a “Love & Hip Hop: Hollywood” television personality.
"Another name to watch is Bradley Beal. Until the season starts in Washington and he's playing with them, I still think there's a chance that the Washington Wizards will listen to offers because I think Tommy Sheppard, the GM there, understands that it's part of the game," Haberstroh expounded. "And with the No. 2 pick in the NBA draft, I expect the Golden State Warriors will try in every capacity to land someone like Jrue Holiday or Bradley Beal. Someone to be able to play in the backcourt with Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson, as they recover from injuries and be the star next to those guys and lead their next phase of the franchise."
“I hate to say this, but I would [make a trade]. First off, to be able to get any of those talents, when you have the opportunity to, you have to,” Garnett told The Daily News on Tuesday while promoting responsible drinking with Crown Royal. “LeVert is a really, really good up-and-coming player. He has value. You can leverage that and get you a Zach LaVine who can score with the best of em... Bradley Beal the same. Those pieces there are intricate to the availability — I don’t know how long Bradley Beal is going to be there to be available for Brooklyn.”
According to NBC Sports NBA Insider Tom Haberstroh, the Warriors do have the trade assets required to obtain another star that has been rumored to potentially be on the market: Washington Wizards guard Bradley Beal. "The Warriors certainly have the package to get the deal done," Haberstroh told NBC Sports Bay Area. "But I wonder if the Wizards want to see Brad Beal next to John Wall and potentially Davis Bertans and Thomas Bryant next season."
Of course, with the Pelicans already a playoff contender, they'll be tempted to shop for the next disgruntled All-Star to ask out. Could that be a player like Bradley Beal or Victor Oladipo? That would reverse the Pelicans' role, putting them on the opposite side of the table from when Davis forced his way out of New Orleans.
The rumors about a Beal trade have been persistent, but not much has changed. He is not ready to demand a deal and the Wizards are committed to keeping him. Ideally, the team would get John Wall back, work their Wall-Beal guard pairing back into shape with some of the young players they’ve brought in—Rui Hachimura, Moe Wagner, Troy Brown—and show Beal there is a future with the Wiz. But the condensed 2020-21 season will put a monkey wrench into that. Western Conference GM: “They’ve been adamant that they are not trading Bradley Beal. We have not asked about him but others have, they let it be known, he is not going anywhere. But you have to think that will change eventually as we get close to the deadline. They gave him an extension and that kicked the can down the road on making decisions but, you know, the road got shortened because of the coronavirus.”
Shams Charania of The Athletic said as much during a guest appearance in Complex’s Load Management podcast, noting that the Pelicans were among the teams to show interest in Beal: “New Orleans was a team that last year I heard looked into it… The Lakers at one point had interest in Beal. If you have interest in winning basketball games, you’re gonna have interest in Bradley Beal,” said Charania. “But everything he’s said so far, he wants to stay a Wizard. The Wizards have said they want to keep him. I don’t expect something on him until we see John Wall and Brad Beal play again.”
Complex Sports: The Lakers have shown interest in Bradley Beal "at different points" @ShamsCharania Episode: https://bit.ly/2Wy8Zfj
The Beal-should-be-traded storyline isn’t only media-driven. There are loads of people inside the league who believe the Wizards would be better off if they dealt him for young players and/or draft picks as soon as they could. Such is life when the NBA’s second-leading scorer plays on a .375 squad. And it’s not just the winning percentage.
The Beal-should-be-traded storyline isn’t only media-driven. There are loads of people inside the league who believe the Wizards would be better off if they dealt him for young players and/or draft picks as soon as they could. Such is life when the NBA’s second-leading scorer plays on a .375 squad. And it’s not just the winning percentage.
For background, the latest rumored suitor of Beal these days is the Nets. The New York Daily News reported last week that Brooklyn has “internally discussed” adding Beal as a third star alongside Kyrie Irving and Kevin Durant. Keep in mind, of course, that it takes two to make a trade. And — stop if you’ve heard this before — the Wizards steadfastly do not want to trade Beal, sources say. Beal addressed the Nets report, among other topics, Friday on ESPN. “It’s not the first time I’ve heard this kind of talk,” he said. “It’s interesting. To me, I look at it as a sign of respect, that I’ve been doing good things and guys want to play with me.
The front office, meanwhile, believes the two can still be a top-of-the-line backcourt, even though Wall missed all of this season with an Achilles rupture and hasn’t played in an NBA game since December 2018. The point guard said on a conference call earlier this week that he’s now “110 percent.” The team expects him to be good to go for the start of next season’s training camp — whenever that might be.
Even in the middle of a pandemic, when nobody is playing, Bradley Beal's name still emerged in trade rumors. The New York Daily News last week reported that the Brooklyn Nets have had "internal discussions" about pursuing the 26-year-old Wizards guard, who signed a two-year, $72 million extension in October. "It's not the first time I've heard this kind of talk," Beal told ESPN. "It's interesting. To me, I look at it as a sign of respect, that I've been doing good things and guys want to play with me.
"That's an unbelievable feeling. When you hear that Kyrie [Irving] and KD [Kevin Durant] want you, s---, that's amazing. At the same time, you don't know how much there is to it, or how easy it would be to do. And I've put down roots in D.C. I've dedicated myself to this town, this community. I love it here, and it would feel great to know I could grind out winning here instead of jumping to another team. "But I'd be naive to say that I don't think about it when these stories come up."
"My biggest thing right now is that I want to play with John [Wall] again,'' Beal said. "I want to see him get back to that level where I know he can be, especially since my game has grown so much [while he's been out]. What can we accomplish together? I'm so happy he's healthy, working his tail off."
Do you think the Nets will trade for Bradley Beal. What do you think they would have to give up? David Aldridge: No. At least not this summer. Wizards have zero interest in moving Beal, and certainly aren't going to even think about doing so until he and Wall play together again for a season.
This is not just me guessing: They don't want to trade Bradley Beal. They just don't. And Bradley Beal just doesn't want to be traded as much as everybody wants to trade him. Bradley Beal doesn't want to be traded. And they have to get a monster offer to make it happen.
Bradley Beal’s agent does not expect the star shooting guard to be traded to the Brooklyn Nets or anyone else. “There are no Beal Sweepstakes and that’s why he re-signed with the Wizards,” agent Mark Bartelstein said Friday by phone. “Brad re-signed with the Wizards because he wanted to stay in Washington and the Wizards wanted to keep him there.”
Fred Katz: I absolutely do not think that they will trade Bradley Beal this summer. And I know that as of now, they don't want to trade Bradley Beal this summer. They constantly say they don't want to trade Bradley Beal and Bradley Beal doesn't want to be traded. So I think when an organization wants to keep a player and a player doesn't want to leave an organization, that player tends to stay with that organization. I don't think he's going to be traded.
Immersed in their championship window, the Brooklyn Nets are in the market for a third star and have internally discussed avenues of acquiring Wizards guard Bradley Beal, the Daily News has learned.
It’s unclear whether Beal will become available, though his circumstances have prompted speculation. The two-way guard is among the league’s highest-paid players and on a Wizards team with a low ceiling. He signed a two-year, $72 million extension last year that quelled trade rumors but Washinton (24-40) is again lottery-bound.
Jeff Siegel: Bradley Beal's no-trade restriction would have lifted today, had the NBA season been on a normal schedule. If the Wizards were out of the playoffs, they could have traded with any other non-playoff team (though it's exceedingly rare for a trade to be made in April or May).
Bradley Beal: For me, I look at Kobe, I look at D-Wade [Dwyane Wade], I look at Dirk [Nowitzki], U.D. [Udonis Haslem], how they can stay in one situation for a long time. I hate change. If it happens, it happens. But if I can control it, I will finish in D.C. For me, I am kind of loyal to a fault. I’m kind of like Dame [Damian Lillard] in this realm that it would probably mean so much more to you winning it in Portland or winning it in D.C., because you know you grinding all those years. Then once you eventually come out of that light, I feel like the feeling would be so much grander than necessarily jumping ship. Jumping ship is kind of the easy way out. But at the same time, there’s no guarantee that you’ll win.
Bradley Beal: I can sit here and say, ‘Yeah, I can go to Boston, I can go to Toronto, I can go to Miami’ … I can go everywhere everybody wants me to go. But what would that look like? It wouldn’t necessarily be my team to where now I’m in a situation in Washington where I’m being built around. I know I’m going to have to take these bumps and bruises. I knew this last summer. I knew this, hell, the summer maybe even before that. You just got to grind it out, and stand true to who you are.
After those conversations, it was clear to him that staying in Washington was better than chasing rings through requesting a trade. “Honestly, I thought that was kind of the easy way out,” Beal said. “It’ll feel more meaningful and powerful knowing that I grinded it out doing it in D.C. It’s pretty much my team, I’m the franchise here, so it was kind of destined for me to kind of mold it from here.”
Beal is “more so giving (Sheppard) a chance now that he’s in charge,” someone with knowledge of Beal’s thinking told me Thursday. “If (there’s) no progress, he’ll get moved with a big paycheck.”
Tim Bontemps: The number one topic of discussion among scouts and executives over the past couple months has been when, or if, Bradley Beal will be traded. Now that he won’t be, as @Adrian Wojnarowski reports his extension agreement in DC, the league’s biggest potential trade piece is now off the board.
Fred Katz: The Wizards have insisted to anyone who would listen that Bradley Beal wasn’t available in any kind of trade talks. Well, this is why. Beal extends effectively for one season (player option on the second year) and the Wizards move forward with their guy.
Albert Nahmad: Bradley Beal can’t be traded for 6 months. But his 15% trade bonus becomes active the moment he signs the extension. So if he’s traded after that, it could create a serious windfall (effectively making extension pay more than his true free agent max). And he’d be full Bird after.
As part of the extension, Bradley Beal has a 15% trade kicker. The guard also has unique language when it comes to the player option in 2022-23. From when the extension is signed and until June 2023, Beal can decline or exercise the option. Because a player option is excluded when factoring in the value of the trade bonus at the time of the trade, opting-in to the last year would increase the bonus owed. The trade kicker could range between $6-9M. Beal is not eligible to be traded until after the 2019-20 season because the first year of his extension is greater than 5% from his 2020-21 salary.
The Wizards, the Knicks’ opponent in their preseason opener on Monday, are considered one of the Eastern Conference’s bottom-feeders, leading to speculation shooting guard Bradley Beal could be put on the trading block. That would be of interest to the Knicks, considering their slew of expiring contracts. The Knicks’ signees can’t be dealt until Dec. 15.
“This league is wide open,” one person who works in a rival front office said via text message. “Take any of the what, eight contenders, right now. I think if you add an All-Star to any of them, they become the title favorite. Everyone is hungrier than ever to win. Sure you could trade for Kevin Love, Blake (Griffin), maybe (DeMar) DeRozan, but they all come with question marks. Bradley Beal fits on every team. He’s 26 with two years left under contract and you’d expect him to be available soon.”
Of course, Boston is a potential player in any trade negotiation because of its two young wings, Jayson Tatum and Jaylen Brown. Tatum is likely untouchable, but with Brown entering a contract year and playing a similar position, he could be the centerpiece of a deal for Beal or Love. Even without those two, a package such as the Memphis pick, Boston’s own first and either Grant Williams or Romeo Langford would be a compelling asset package, one that would potentially tempt teams to swallow the rest of Hayward’s deal and send the Celtics a high-level starter.
Denver’s biggest limitations are 1) the future first-round pick it owes Oklahoma City from the Jerami Grant trade and 2) its own rosy future, which limits the future value teams would place on one of their firsts. Nonetheless, a Nuggets package built around Harris and a couple of other assets would have to pique Washington’s interest in a Beal discussion, and you can also imagine Denver pursuing other secondary stars with the types of packages it can put together.
For now, newly appointed Wizards GM Tommy Sheppard is committed to keeping Beal in Washington. "The way that I look at this is pretty simple: If you were looking to build a team, Brad would be the type of player anyone would want to start with," Sheppard told CBS Sports. "You look at the character, the talent, the age, just the whole package ... Brad is without a doubt a core player in this league. Every team would love to have him, and we do.”
Tommy Sheppard: “So we've never considered anything other than a situation where Brad is with us and leading us forward. We made that clear to him on the first day we could offer him an extension, and we'll continue to make that clear."
Beal checks the age and fit boxes. Whether he has enough raw, supernova talent -- Beal has made one All-Star roster and zero All-NBA teams -- is something each suitor will have to decide based in part on who is already on its team (and if the Wizards ever make Beal available, which they have not, per sources).
But if Beal decides to move on from Washington and become a free agent in 2021, the associate — who requested anonymity because he’s not authorized to speak on Beal’s behalf — said he expects the Heat to receive serious consideration. The associate would not call the Heat or any specific team the favorite if Beal decides to leave Washington, noting other teams also would be considered.
The Wizards, at this point, have been given no reason to believe he wants to go elsewhere. And they likely won’t trade him unless they are given that indication. The Wizards, at this point, have been given no reason to believe he wants to go elsewhere. And they likely won’t trade him unless they are given that indication. What we know for sure is the Heat loves Beal and hopes to land him either before 2021 free agency or during. We also know that for whatever reason, Jimmy Butler followed Beal recently on social media.
As we reported in early July, that scenario has been seriously discussed inside the Heat and there’s sentiment to do that, because of how much the Heat loves Beal and because of the internal belief that Miami can get Wall back to All-Star level following his ruptured Achilles, which is expected to sideline him this upcoming season. But the Wizards have shown no inclination to package Beal with Wall in an attempt to purge the final four years and $171 million of Wall’s contract.
May 27, 2022 | 11:52 am EDT Update
After Jokic publicly stated his desire to sign the extension late last month, sources say the 27-year-old has reiterated his long-term commitment to the franchise this week and made clear his belief in the organization’s future in the wake of Connelly’s exit. Multiple sources tell The Athletic that when the Nuggets offer Jokic the five-year, $260 million supermax deal in July, the All-NBA center plans to sign the contract.
Jokic’s brothers, Strahinja and Nemanja, met with Nuggets general manager Calvin Booth and assistant GM Tommy Balcetis in recent days to discuss the team’s future. All sides, sources say, left the meeting aligned in their vision. For the new Nuggets regime, it was important to spend time with the Jokic family in person stateside in the aftermath of Connelly’s departure. Booth and coach Michael Malone have also spoken to Nikola Jokic over the phone, as the big man remains on his annual offseason respite in Serbia. Both sides reaffirmed their long-term commitment to the partnership in that conversation.
Yet while the Nuggets are expected to move forward with their core of Jokic, Murray and Porter, sources say this Booth-led front office plans on being aggressive when it comes to improving the roster around them. The focus, sources say, is on adding the kind of long and versatile defensive-minded players who are on display in the Boston–Miami Eastern Conference finals. If that means discussing the team’s draft assets as a way of upgrading the level of win-now talent, sources say, then there will be an openness to doing just that.
It’s obvious why teams have been intrigued with Wood in the past. He’s a unicorn of a big man. That interest hasn’t waned, even in the early weeks of the offseason, sources told The Athletic. Wood is talented enough to where the Rockets can’t let him walk without getting assets back if their tenure is headed for an ending.
But if there is a shred of doubt in Houston’s mind — whether it’s from Wood, the coaching staff or the front office — about long-term prospects, the clock is ticking. Wood is no stranger to hearing his name involved in trade rumors. “I just continue to play my game,” Wood told me that month. “Continue to hoop. If anything, it’s motivation. I know all 30 teams are watching, regardless if I’m in a trade talk or not. Just motivation to keep going. It gives me a little extra step when I step on the floor.”
“They’re one player away,” an Eastern Conference executive told ESPN, suggesting the Mavs could win a title as soon as next season if they figured out a way to add an impact center — in the mold of 2010-11 Tyson Chandler — who could be a primary Doncic pick-and-roll partner, rebounder and rim protector. It’s an opinion shared by several other rival coaches, scouts and executives who have recently discussed Dallas’ outlook with ESPN.
Daniel Greenberg: Atlanta Hawks point guard Trae Young said on the Gimme The Hot Sauce Podcast that he thought he was going to get drafted by the Chicago Bulls. Trae said he had an exciting and fun pre-draft workout with the Bulls. “I know what that city brings and basketball fans.”