NBA News: Bradley Beal has been one of the most talked about names in the NBA in recent weeks. Beal is only 29 years old and has been incredible so far in his NBA career. He averages an impressive 22.1 points per game, 4.1 rebounds per game, and 4.3 assists per game. Beal’s impact on the court is undeniable. A three-time All-Star and All-NBA Third Team honoree, his presence elevates any team fortunate enough to have him. Today it was reported by Shams Charania of The Athletic that his pending trade is down to two teams.
Enormous Bradley Beal Trade Reportedly Down To Miami Heat And Phoenix Suns
According to Shams Charania of The Athletic:
Developing: Washington is in serious talks with two finalists – Miami Heat and Phoenix Suns – on a Bradley Beal trade, sources tell TheAthletic Stadium. The Suns have emerged as a serious threat for Beal, who holds a no-trade clause.
Why The Miami Heat And Phoenix Suns?
The Miami Heat have linked to Beal ever since his name entered the trade market. Unlike most players around the league who have minimal say in where they’re traded to, Beal holds the league’s only no-trade clause in his contract, meaning he would have to give his approval before any trade happened.
It’s unclear what each team would be offering for Beal, but Miami likely has the better trade package to offer the Wizards. The Heat own most of their future first-round draft picks, with the exception of a top-14 protected pick it owes Oklahoma City in 2025. Miami could also package several first-round picks with someone like Tyler Herro to bring in Beal. This would give the Wizards future assets and a young guy who can get you 20 points a night.
It will be a little trickier for the Suns to get a deal done for Beal. They would most likely need to insert at least one of the contracts of Chris Paul and Deandre Ayton for Beal to join Devin Booker and Kevin Durant.
Paul remains with the Suns but can be waived by a June 28 deadline that would cut about $15 million off Phoenix’s salary cap books for the upcoming season. The point guard is set to make $30.8 million if he is retained past that deadline. He has another $30 million non-guaranteed for 2024-25 left on his contract.
However, the Suns have not escaped the second round in their last two playoff runs, and adding a scorer of Beal’s caliber, while risky, would establish a new dynamic offensive trio to push into contention.
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