LeBron James and the Los Angeles Lakers find themselves in dire straits after tying their worst start in franchise history. Their two wins are tied for the fewest in the entire NBA with the Houston Rockets, a team that likely isn’t complaining about that result like LA is. Amidst the team’s sluggish start, it’s no surprise to see the trade rumors flying already – with one name being mentioned being Washington Wizards shooting guard Bradley Beal.

According to Bleacher Report’s Chris Haynes, the Lakers have had their sights set on Beal for quite some time and are still known to “covet” his services should the opportunity present itself.

But the fact of the matter is this: Bradley Beal is not going to get traded to the Los Angeles Lakers. Here are three (3) reasons why LA’s rumored pursuit is nothing but a pipe dream.


The Lakers’ trade assets aren’t enough for Bradley Beal

Take a gander at Lakers General Manager Rob Pelinka’s cupboard of assets and there’s not much you’ll find. All LA has are their two first-round picks in 2027 and 2029, which by now are undoubtedly the GOAT picks if your measurement of greatness is how often they’ve been brought up relative to how soon they’ll actually be made. With those two picks lie all the purple and gold-colored hopes and dreams of the Lakers faithful.

But NBA exec can tell you that those two picks aren’t going to be enough to land an All-Star player like Bradley Beal. That’s just a fact. It doesn’t even matter what your general opinion is of Beal as a player.

All you need to do is check out what the trade market has been like for stars being dealt of late and the Lakers likely fall another pick or at least two pick swaps short. Not to mention they have next to no young assets to give in exchange, a prerequisite in such deals and even more so for a Wizards squad that’s teeming with middling lottery picks.