Bradley Beal

Report: Wizards told Bradley Beal they won't trade him

Report: Wizards told Bradley Beal they won't trade him

As soon as the Los Angeles Lakers traded for Anthony Davis, Danny Ainge's master plan of stockpiling assets lost the grand prize. Celtics fans are wondering which star will be the next to become disgruntled and demand a trade so Boston can cash their trade assets in. 

Many pointed to Washington Wizards star Bradley Beal. The Wizards are in a rebuilding state and have one of the most untradeable contracts — John Wall — on the books, so some speculated toward a "blow-it-up" move for the future. Even Sports Illustrated senior writer Chris Mannix speculated Beal could be the next big star to become available. 

But according to Ben Golliver of the Washington Post, Beal said that team owner/CEO Ted Leonsis, Senior Vice President of Basketball Operations Tommy Sheppard and head coach Scott Brooks all separately told him they won't trade him. 

“They’ve been very transparent and that’s been great,” Beal told the Washington Post. “They’re not keeping me in the dark about anything, even about the trade rumors. . . . It’s great having that peace of mind.”

Still, that doesn't necessarily close the door on a Beal trade. Last January, Leonsis told Otto Porter he wouldn't move him, then shipped him to the Chicago Bulls a week later. Also, the Wizards still have a glaring vacancy at the general manager position, and whoever fills that role may take a different approach to the rebuilding process. 

In the meantime, Celtics fans should tamper expectations on a Beal trade and recalibrate the search efforts for the next A-list star to hit the trade market. 

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Celtics out on Bradley Beal? Wizards have 'no intention' of trading star, per report

Celtics out on Bradley Beal? Wizards have 'no intention' of trading star, per report

A report surfaced Wednesday that Bradley Beal could be a "prime option" for the Boston Celtics this offseason.

But they'd need a willing trade partner in the Washington Wizards, and ESPN's Jeff Goodman doesn't see that happening.

The Wizards have "no intention" of dealing Beal, Goodman reported Thursday morning on Twitter, adding the 25-year-old "isn't going anywhere."

It may be in Washington's best interest to hit the reset button and move Beal and the massive contract of John Wall. But the Wizards have been reluctant to trade their two star players in the past, and it sounds like that's still the case.

In fact, ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski reported Wednesday night the Wiz plan to offer Beal a three-year, $111 million extension in July.

The Celtics have enticing assets to offer in a potential trade for Beal, and it's possible the chance of landing a player like Jaylen Brown or Jayson Tatum could change Washington's mind.

But as it stands now, Boston may have to cross Beal off its list as it eyes talent to replace Kyrie Irving and Al Horford.

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Where do Celtics turn now with Kyrie Irving and Al Horford likely leaving?

Where do Celtics turn now with Kyrie Irving and Al Horford likely leaving?

Danny Ainge and the Celtics thought they were assembling the key pieces of a championship-contending roster. But now, with both Kyrie Irving and Al Horford ready to bolt Boston for greener pastures in free agency, the C's need a new plan.

Jayson Tatum and Jaylen Brown look to be the centerpieces of the next Celtics chapter, but Ainge has other options to restock the roster with veteran players.

He could look for sign-and-trade options to get some assets in return for departing All-Stars. He could use his newfound cap space to attract other free agents to Boston.

Chris Forsberg explores some possibilities once Irving and Horford sign elsewhere, as expected.

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