5 trade landing spots for Bradley Beal


The Wizards have been building their team around Bradley Beal for the better part of three years, but with his contract set to expire after the season and the team struggling to rise in the Eastern Conference standings, the trade deadline could change the organization's thinking. 

Washington nor Beal has given any indication that they're interested in such a move, but if they do, several teams around the league would be interested in acquiring the three-time All-Star. These five stand out from the rest. 

Dallas Mavericks

The Mavericks are in clear need of another bonafide star to play next to Luka Doncic, and Beal makes a lot of sense as the perfect complement to Doncic. Beal can create his own shot, run weak-side pick and has a history of excelling alongside ball-dominant floor generals. 

Kristaps Porzingis hasn't worked out as a second option with the Mavs but if he's a No. 3 instead, it could help maximize his game as well. Dallas doesn't have a ton of promising young players, but they can send out proven vets along with a bevy of draft assets. If they get the sense Beal would re-sign with them, that would help the Wizards' return in a potential deal. 

Trade suggestion: Mavs send Jalen Brunson, Tim Hardaway Jr., Reggie Bullock, multiple 1st-rd picks 

Boston Celtics

Beal's friendship with Jayson Tatum is well-documented, dating back to their days growing up in St. Louis and playing their high school ball at Chaminade College Preparatory School. Aside from that, the Celtics are in need of some more star power to go with Tatum and Jaylen Brown and they have a number of mid-level contracts to use to match salary. 


Boston also has all of its draft picks at their disposal, so even though the players coming back in a deal wouldn't as exciting, the Wizards could extract a significant draft haul from the Celtics. 

Trade suggestion: Celtics send Marcus Smart, Al Horford, multiple 1st-rd picks for Beal and Aaron Holiday

New York Knicks

The Knicks are always in the market to acquire a star player and trading for Beal might be their best chance at getting one in the near future. New York severely lacks half-court shot creation outside of Julius Randle and has a few young players that could entice Washington enough to part ways with their star player.

The trick here might be draft compensation since the Wizards would have to take on a bad contract to match salaries, but are getting young players in return who are much better than what Dallas or Boston could offer. 

Trade suggestion: Knicks send RJ Barrett, Obi Toppin, Evan Fournier and a 1st-rd pick

Golden State Warriors

You could argue the Warriors don't necessarily need Beal to contend for a championship this season, but that hasn't stopped them from loading up on talent in the past. Golden State also makes a lot of logical sense for the Wizards because they have a trio of high-upside youngsters who are buried in the Warriors' rotation. 

Washington could reset their roster with a new young core while the Warriors continue to try to win as many titles as possible during Steph Curry's prime. 

Trade suggestion: Warriors send Andrew Wiggins, Jonathan Kuminga, Moses Moody and a 1st-rd pick

Philadelphia 76ers

The Ben Simmons saga has no end in sight, but the Sixers and Wizards could be the perfect trade partners if they wanted to do a deal surrounding their respective All-Stars. In this particular idea, Simmons would get a fresh start in D.C. as the Wizards' best player and Beal would be able to contend instantly playing next to Joel Embiid. 

Furthermore, if the Wizards are in a position where they're entertaining trading Beal, getting someone like a 25-year-old Simmons would fit their timeline a lot better and give them a higher ceiling than guys like Wiggins, Smart or Brunson. 

Trade suggestion: Sixers send Ben Simmons