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Bradley Beal is having a sensational season this year, averaging 30.5 PPG and 6.1 APG for the Washington Wizards. He signed a two-year deal before the season started, committing himself to the Wizards at least temporarily. It is unclear whether the Wizards want to continue with the Wall and Beal experiment, if and when Wall returns from injury as an All-Star player.

It is perhaps more likely that Bradley Beal requests a trade from Washington because they are a very poor team with a 24-42 record in the East. Beal is simply too good to be wasting his best years and not even making a playoff spot, so he should be looking to take his talents elsewhere.

Here are the 3 unrealistic and 3 realistic trade destinations for Bradley Beal.

 

Unrealistic Destinations

 

3. New York Knicks

The Knicks need a scorer and a star, which Bradley Beal certainly is. Beal is literally carrying the Wizards all season long, without any help or direction from the franchise at this moment. It is highly unlikely that Beal would want the Knicks as his new hometown because they don’t have a direction either. Other than raw prospect R.J. Barrett and fringe All-Star Julius Randle, the Knicks do not have an attractive squad.

This means that Washington might not be interested in any player that the Knicks could offer including Mitchell Robinson, Frank Ntilikina, or Dennis Smith Jr. The Knicks have nobody, possibly other than Barrett, whom the Wizards would seem a fraction as valuable as Beal. The Knicks are a very unlikely destination for Bradley Beal.

 

2. Boston Celtics

The Celtics are a very good team and own one of the best squads in the East. Led by star Jayson Tatum and Kemba Walker, the Celtics have a very deep squad and are well-coached. For any player looking to win, the Celtics are an excellent destination.

But they are also an unlikely destination for Washington’s star player. The Celtics will have to part ways for Gordon Hayward or Jaylen Brown for this deal, along with some future picks. Washington will likely request a package with too many picks involved, and they would not be interested in Gordon Hayward who simply isn’t the player before his injury. A lineup with Kemba, Tatum, and Beal is unfortunately not a realistic possibility for Celtics fans.

 

1. Los Angeles Lakers

The Lakers fought tooth and nail to convince Kawhi Leonard to join LeBron James and Anthony Davis. Kawhi ended up joining the Clippers, leaving the Lakers high and dry for a brief moment. Of course, the Lakers filled their roster with excellent role players who helped LeBron and AD capture the first seed in the West right now. The Lakers are the favorites for the NBA title, and it doesn’t look like they need a third star.

The reason Los Angeles is not a realistic destination for Beal is that Washington will need more than Kyle Kuzma as the most attractive trade piece. Kuzma will be the best asset that the Lakers can offer, and it won’t be good enough. Beal is far more talented than Kuzma, who is only averaging 12.6 PPG this season. The Lakers will probably have to acquire another star to create the Big Three they desire.

 

Realistic Destinations

 

3. Denver Nuggets

Denver is a very possible destination for Bradley Beal. They need a bonafide All-Star scorer to get buckets when the game slows down because they only rely on Nikola Jokic to get it done down the stretch. Jokic is a great player but teams can deny him the ball and it often takes a star perimeter player to get buckets in critical moments. Bradley Beal is an immediate solution for Denver.

This is a realistic destination because Denver can offer an assortment of valuable trade pieces including Will Barton, Michael Porter Jr, Monte Morris, and Gary Harris along with some future picks. Washington might be willing to accept a package centered around these pieces for their wantaway star.

 

2. Miami Heat

Miami has done very well this season, as they found their franchise player in Jimmy Butler and another one in Bam Adebayo. Miami is looking like a legitimate threat this season, by acquiring the likes of Jae Crowder and Andre Iguodala to add to their core. The Heat are 42-25 this season, sitting 4th in the East, but they could use another star if they don’t get it done this year.

The Heat are most likely not the team to represent the East in the Finals this year, so adding a third All-Star could put the Miami Heat right on top. The Heat can convince Washington to take a deal centered around the likes of Kendrick Nunn, Duncan Robinson, Tyler Herro, and Derrick Jones Jr with future first-round picks.

 

1. Brooklyn Nets

The Nets have been rumored to be shopping for their third star to join Kevin Durant and Kyrie Irving next season. KD has yet to show his talent this year following his severe injury, but it is expected that he won’t return to his MVP form right away. A player like Bradley Beal would immediately balance this issue and the Nets would have three guys who can legitimately score 30 a night.

Beal has proven to be an exceptional scorer in catch and shoot situations and also in isolation, so he fits perfectly with any team that already has top NBA stars. Brooklyn can offer the likes of Spencer Dinwiddie and Caris LeVert, along with any first-round picks. Both of these guys are really valuable players so Washington might be interested in this.

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