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.
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.