We are getting closer to the 2019 NBA draft as the days go by and plenty of teams will try to make deals in the prior days and even more when the big night arrives. For instance, just like they’ve been doing in the last couple of months, the Los Angeles Lakers are attempting to trade for Anthony Davis.
The Pelicans don’t have a deadline to trade Davis, but it is better for them to trade him soon in order to evaluate their draft picks and work out more players. They are looking for an established All-Star player, young player with All-Star potential, and draft picks for Davis and the Lakers reportedly have made Brandon Ingram, Lonzo Ball, and the No. 4 pick available in trade discussions.
Given the fact that landing an All-Star player will require a multi-team deal, the Pelicans reportedly want Bradley Beal now, according to Fletcher Mackel of WDSU New Orleans
To make things more complicated, if the Lakers are unable to trade for Davis, they have also been linked to Beal as the potential second All-Star player behind LeBron James.
The Washington Wizards are still without a general manager, which makes Beal’s future uncertain. John Wall is entering his supermax contract extension and recovering from an Achilles injury; knowing that Wall is the only untouchable player in the team, the Wizards may be thinking about a rebuild.
A two-time All-Star player, Beal is coming off the best season of his career in 2018-19. He played in all 82 games for the second consecutive season, averaging 25.6 points (47.5/35.1/80.8), 5.0 rebounds, and 5.1 assists.
With New Orleans interested in Beal, now the Wizards would want to land Lonzo Ball to get them a player with great potential to help John Wall (or replace him) while helping the Lakers and Pelicans solve the problems they have been facing over the last few months involving Anthony Davis.