Bradley Beal Considering Trade Request Before Thursday’s Draft

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  • Bradley Beal is said to be considering a trade request before the 2021 NBA Draft.
  • With the 7th and 14th picks of Thursday’s draft and last year’s no. 2 pick James Wiseman, the Warriors are believed to be the best team to land the Wizards’ All-Star guard in a trade.
  • The Boston Celtics, Miami Heat, and Philadelphia 76ers are also thought to be among the top contenders to pull off a trade.

Bradley Beal has not requested for a trade from the Washington Wizards but a report on Saturday morning says that the NBA’s 2021 leading scorer says that he is considering such move before the Thursday’s draft.

According to an article from Bleacher Report, Beal is aware that the Wizards could get a better package of picks as well as player if he gets a deal done by Thursday. If a trade happens after the draft, then the Wizards would have to settle for future picks with uncertainty as to what prospects they will eventually draft.

Per Bleacher Report’s source, Beal would want to land in a destination that already has a winning environment. Although Beal has not specified which team he prefers to go to, the names of the Golden State, Boston, Miami and Philadelphia could be among the group of teams Beal would be amenable to.

Warriors Strong Interest in Beal

The other day, it was reported that the Golden State Warriors have strong interest in acquiring Beal if he decides to leave Washington. That’s because Golden State’s Big 3 reportedly asked management to trade for an immediate impact player who will make them serious title contenders again. According to report, Beal’s name was on top of their list.

Golden State has the trade assets to pull off the trade. They have the no. 7 and no. 14 picks of next week’s draft plus last year’s no. 2 pick James Wiseman to dangle to the Wizards. Andrew Wiggins, who is coming off an excellent season, could be included in the trade for matching purposes.

The Dubs currently have the 4th best odds to win the 2022 NBA championship at +950 together with the Western Conference champions Phoenix Suns. Only the Brooklyn Nets (+325), Los Angeles Lakers ( +425), and the newly-minted NBA champions Milwaukee Bucks (+700) have better odds than them at the BetOnline App. Adding Beal would even make them even better.

Beal Would Also Welcome Joining the Celtics, Heat, or Sixers

Aside from the Warriors, three other teams have been linked to Brad Beal and one of them is the Boston Celtics. In Boston, Beal would be reunited with good friend and fellow St. Louis native Jayson Tatum. The Celtics have Al Horford’s $27M salary for matching purposes and they could package Evan Fournier plus future picks to get Beal.

The Miami Heat is also believed to be a potential destination for Beal. Although the Heat’s first rounders in 2022 and 2023 are tied up in previous deals, Miami has young assets like Tyler Herro, Kendrick Nunn, and Duncan Robinson who can be packaged in a trade with Washington. Miami also has the salaries of Goran Dragic and Andre Iguodala for matching purposes.

Finally, Beal is also thought to agree playing for the Sixers. Philadelphia is currently shopping the market for Ben Simmons and although they are short in draft picks, the Sixers have the likes of Matisse Thybulle and Tyrese Maxey to bundle with Simmons. If Philly isn’t interested in Simmons, they may do a three-team deal to land Beal.

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Shane Acedera / Author

Shane grew up watching the Magic & Bird rivalry but ended up rooting for Detroit's Bad Boys team in the 1990s NBA. He loves to tell sports stories and has been writing about sports since high school. When Shane isn't busy jotting down his thoughts, he's just chillin' at home with his wife Rocelle and their two dogs named Horry and Fisher. He recently added a new family member, adopting a handsome retired K-9 named Ranger.

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