The Boston Celtics are one of the biggest question mark teams in the league this upcoming season. Though they acquired some nice pieces, can they overcome the losses of Kyrie Irving and Al Horford?
Time will ultimately tell, but the Celtics could force some changes if things trend the wrong way.
According to Andy Bailey of Bleacher Report, a Bradley Beal/Gordon Hayward swap could be a possibility for Boston. The proposed trade would involve sending Bradley Beal and Ish Smith to the Celtics for Gordon Hayward, Jaylen Brown, and future draft picks.
“If Hayward were to pick up his player option for the 2020-21 season, this deal wouldn’t save Washington any money, but the Wizards would at least come out of it with a promising young player and multiple picks. That should be preferable to losing Beal for nothing. Again, Washington has some time before it should feel any such pressure, but Boston is in position to pounce if that changes. And if the Celtics could hang onto Tatum and Smart, they’d have some intriguing small-ball lineups at their disposal.”
Essentially, if Beal refuses the extension, the Wizards would look to trade him before losing him for nothing. No doubt, they'd be looking for future assets in return -- something the Celtics could offer them.
In return, Boston would become one of the favorites in the East, with a deadly trio of Beal, Kemba, and Tatum to lead them through the season.
Nothing is guaranteed between the two sides, but don't rule anything out if Beal shows signs of wanting out from Washington.