Beal expects recruiting talk to take place on Team USA

Bradley Beal

In the past, Team USA has been a place for the NBA's best to showcase their talents on the world stage while also using the Olympic experience as a vessel to discuss potentially teaming up in the future.

In truth, Team USA often is viewed as the best way for stars to recruit other stars to join forces, or at the very least, lay the foundation for future superteams.

Washington Wizards star Bradley Beal expects more of the same at the Tokyo Olympics.

"I don't know. Probably a lot," Beal told reporters Wednesday when asked how much Team USA players will talk about teaming up this summer.

Beal, who finished second in the NBA in scoring behind Steph Curry, is viewed by many as the next big star who will demand a trade. To this point, Beal has remained steady in his desire to win with the Wizards, but things can change quickly in the NBA.

Should the star shooting guard eventually land on the trade market, the Warriors are seen as one of the top landing spots due to the package they'd be able to offer, including two lottery picks in the 2021 NBA Draft and 2020 No. 2 overall pick James Wiseman.

Of course, recent history tells us the going rate for a star of Beal's caliber will be at least three first-round picks and potentially more depending on how the ensuing bidding war goes.

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Draymond Green and Steve Kerr both will be members of the Team USA contingent going to Tokyo, which gives the Warriors two top salesmen to try to recruit Beal or other stars to the Bay Area. This is, of course, different from tampering mainly because it is more subtle and difficult to regulate.


Beal and the Wizards were just bounced from the first round of the NBA playoffs in five games by the Philadelphia 76ers, while the Warriors missed the postseason entirely despite a legendary season from Curry.

The Warriors enter a critical offseason in which they have to upgrade the roster around Curry, Green and Klay Thompson in order to vault back into title contention. Finding a way to add another star to the mix like Beal would automatically put the Warriors firmly back in the championship picture.

Beal knows the team-up conversations will take place. He is close with Boston Celtics star Jayson Tatum, who also is a member of Team USA.

Team USA had at least something to do with the seeds that led to the creation of the Miami Heat's Big Three, the Curry-Kevin Durant Warriors and the Kyrie Irving-Durant super team Brooklyn Nets.

There is every reason to expect the 2021 expedition will have similar results. Whether or not it will involve the Warriors or Beal, however, is anyone's guess.

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