While attempting to lure free agent Kawhi Leonard, the Los Angeles Clippers reportedly "inquired" about a deal for Bradley Beal, according to ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski.
Had this deal come to fruition and Beal landed in L.A., the massive trade between the Clippers and the Oklahoma City Thunder would not have likely taken place. In this trade, Paul George was moved to the Clippers in exchange for five first-round picks (four unprotected), Shai Gilgeous-Alexander and Danilo Gallinari.
In the report linking the Wizards to L.A., Wojnarowski states that the Clippers reached out to Washington, as well as the New Orleans Pelicans, to try and acquire a second star to play alongside the forward Leonard. The Wizards reportedly did not want to make Beal available for a trade.
The Wizards rejecting any potential talks on trading Beal is consistent with what Fred Katz reported back in June. In fact, Wojnarowski has reported in the past that Washington is looking to offer Beal a massive extension for three years and $111 million this month.
It is unlikely that Washington would have gotten the same haul that the Thunder did for George if the Wizards moved forward in the conversation. This also would have been a move that the Clippers were attempting to execute before the start of free agency on July 1. Leonard apparently made it clear that the only way he was moving to the Clippers was with George.
Sources: Leonard and George met in LA earlier in week. Clippers had long been frontrunners for Leonard, but it is unlikely he would've made final leap to sign without PG trade. Clippers imagined Leonard as part of a Lakers Big 3 --- and knew they had no choice. They did OKC deal.— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) July 6, 2019
To completely woo Leonard, the Clippers were willing to fork over the entire future of the franchise.
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