CHARLOTTE -- Wizards guard Bradley Beal enjoyed every part of All-Star weekend in Charlotte. He met countless fans at charity events and autograph signings. He mingled with rapper J. Cole and actor Chris Tucker at the All-Star Game. He dropped 11 points for Team LeBron and threw down a big two-handed dunk.
Beal had a lot of fun. But he was also there with business on his mind. He recognized an opportunity, being in the locker room and on the floor with 25 other All-Stars, to do some recruiting.
Yes, Beal wants some help in Washington and believes he may be able to find it by selling other stars on the Wizards' future. After trading Otto Porter Jr. and Markieff Morris, the Wizards could have some money to play with in free agency and Beal wants to help them use it.
"The recruiting process is really going alright. It's going alright. I'm trying," Beal said. "This is new for me. I'm definitely getting some ears and seeing what guys are looking for."
Beal wouldn't name names for fear of reprimand from the league. But he did share some details about how those conversations went.
He said he asked players about their situations and whether they were happy playing where they are. And to his surprise, some players came up to him and started the conversation themselves. Some asked about his situation, likely wondering if he would want to leave.
But it sounds like some may have inquired about what it would be like to play for the Wizards.
Beal said he got questions like: "So, what are y'all doing in D.C.?" and "How is D.C.?"
Whenever he was pressed for further details by reporters, Beal brushed the questions off.
"I'm gonna keep it in my piggy bank, in my back pocket. Hopefully we can do something," he said.
Though Beal could technically have asked players who aren't set to hit free agency, ones that could join the Wizards via trade, it is more likely he was going after those who could sign a contract this summer.
The point guards can probably be eliminated because John Wall is about to enter a supermax contract next season. That leaves Kevin Durant, Kawhi Leonard, Klay Thompson, Khris Middleton, and Nikola Vucevic.
The first two can be set aside. Durant said he doesn't want to play at home and Leonard seems to have a good thing going in Toronto.
Thompson has been assumed to be headed for Los Angeles or to stay in Golden State. Though, he would be a fantastic complement to Beal and Wall.
Middleton and Vucevic are the two most realistic options, but may not be perfect fits.
If Beal was seeking out players who might be attainable in trades, Anthony Davis is, of course, the big name. Wouldn't that be something?
Hey, he did say all 29 teams are on his list of trade destinations.
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