Well, it’s that time of the year again. Just like every season, Bradley Beal trade rumors 2022 have begun to pop up as the Washington Wizards are struggling to compete.
However, Beal has a no-trade clause on his mammoth deal, so he’d have to agree to a trade beforehand.
Bradley Beal trade rumors 2022
There’s no denying that Bradley Beal is one of the league’s finest offensive players. He’s struggled with injuries over the past couple of years, but he’s the kind of scorer who’s worth taking a risk on. That’s assuming he actually wants to leave the nation’s capital.
Beal has been tangled up with multiple teams over the years just to continue affirming his commitment to the Wizards. Needless to say, it’s hard to blame him if they keep throwing him absurd amounts of money just to stay there.
But if Beal wants to win a championship, he knows he needs to leave the team. Also, the Wizards might come to realize that they stand no chance and they’d be better off just blowing things up. So here, we’ll take a look at some of the potential destinations in case that happens.
According to multiple reports, the Philadelphia 76ers were pretty close to landing Beal last season. While there was no official Beal trade request, he was reportedly on board with teaming up with Joel Embiid. However, his injury made them shift their attention toward James Harden instead.
The Sixers have fared quite well with Harden and have a blossoming star in Tyrese Maxey. But Daryl Morey is an overly-aggressive executive, and he won’t hesitate to get more firepower, regardless of the cost. Also, Embiid reportedly pushed for this trade.
They would most likely have to give up Maxey and a first-round pick to get this done, plus Tobias Harris and Matisse Thybulle, at the very least. It’s a steep price to pay, but one that could people them to championship contention.
The Miami Heat have also reportedly inquired about Beal’s trade value as of late. They’ve been through a slow start to the season, struggling with injuries and inconsistency on both ends of the floor, and Pat Riley is in the market for another star.
The Heat want to make the most of their title window while Jimmy Butler‘s still in town, but it’s become evident that they need another offensive-minded star if they want to compete. Tyler Herro might well be that, but he may not be ready yet.
So, what if Erik Spoelstra decides to send Duncan Robinson, Nikola Jovic, Tyler Herro, and a couple of first-round picks to Washington? That one-two punch of Beal and Butler, plus Bam Adebayo anchoring the paint would be tough to stop.
Unsurprisingly, most of Bradley Beal’s trade rumors in 2022 featured the Los Angeles Lakers. The Lakers have a flawed roster and need someone who can help them stretch the floor and take some pressure off LeBron James‘ shoulders, especially with Anthony Davis sidelined for months.
Beal is tailor-made for that, and he’s used to playing with ball-dominant stars from his playing days with John Wall and Russell Westbrook. Also, he could stay in Hollywood for years to come and help the team once LeBron’s contract runs out.
Of course, the Lakers would need to part ways with both of their future first-round picks, which Rob Pelinka has been reluctant to do. They’d also need to add Austin Reaves and Russell Westbrook to get this deal done, but they could also get Kyle Kuzma in return.
Well, enough is enough. Luka Doncic looks like a once-in-a-lifetime player, but not even the great Michael Jordan could win on his own. The Dallas Mavericks need to get this young man some help, especially after letting Jalen Brunson join the New York Knicks.
While Beal might not be the defensive anchor Doncic needs by his side in the backcourt, the sole thought of the countless wide-open looks he’d get playing with him is mouth-watering. We’re talking about a duo that could easily top the 60-points-per-game plateau.
However, putting together a Beal trade package could be tough for the Dalla Mavericks at this point. Given how short they are on assets or valuable players, they’d have to give up Christian Wood, Tim Hardaway Jr., Dwight Powell, Jaden Hardy, two future first-round picks, and at least one pick swap to get this done.
Having two of the worst NBA contracts on the same payroll might not be a winning formula. But then again, the Portland Trail Blazers have a new front office, so they might well look to make a statement and make the moves they need to finally get over that hump.
Damian Lillard has made it clear that he has no intention of joining another star elsewhere, so the team needs to lure stars to Rip City instead. They’ve been quite solid this season, and adding Jerami Grant and Gary Payton II proves they want to compete and are heading in the right direction.
But if they want to have Lillard, they might have to part ways with blossoming star Anfernee Simons, who’s breaking out and stepping up for Chauncey Billups‘ team. They’d also need to add promising rookie Shaedon Sharpe, Josh Hart, and a pick.