The Boston Celtics missed out on the big kahuna in Anthony Davis. But there are plenty of other fish in the NBA sea for president of basketball operations Danny Ainge to pursue.
Washington Wizards guard Bradley Beal could be a "prime option" for Boston in a potential trade, "particularly if Kyrie Irving leaves" in free agency, The Athletic's Jordan Brenner reported Tuesday.
The two-time All-Star has two years remaining on his five-year deal with Washington and is set to make $27.1 million next season. If the Wizards decide to blow it up this offseason, Beal is their most valuable trade chip with John Wall still recovering from an Achilles injury, and the asset-rich Celtics could make them a tempting offer.
What might that offer entail? Here's Brenner:
One league source suggested that Washington would need to strongly consider an offer of Jayson Tatum, Marcus Smart and a protected pick for Beal or that Boston could offer Smart, Jaylen Brown and two future first-rounders as an alternative trade.
Beal, who turns 26 later this month, has averaged at least 22 points in each of the last three seasons and is just entering his prime. But would the C's be willing to part with Tatum after he was a reported sticking point in talks surrounding Davis, one of the five best players in the NBA?
If Boston made that second offer of Smart, Brown and two first-rounders, it would pair two St. Louis natives in Beal and Tatum as the Celtics' young core of the future. Washington has been reluctant to even discuss a Wall or Beal trade in the past, though, and may hold out for more assets.
In any case, the C's appear willing to improve their roster via trade, and they're still in good position to do so with three first-round picks entering Thursday's 2019 NBA Draft.
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