Report: Celtics’ Danny Ainge could look at Wizards’ Bradley Beal as contingency plan for Kyrie Irving’s potential departure
The Boston Celtics have eerily stood pat despite plenty of shuffling decks prior to the start of the looming free-agency period, with president Danny Ainge not making the one Godfather offer than could’ve ultimately trumped the Los Angeles Lakers for Anthony Davis.
Perhaps there is some wisdom in that, as Ainge could reportedly be looking at Washington Wizards shooting guard Bradley Beal as a contingency plan should the Celtics lose Kyrie Irving this summer.
Ainge’s silence often raises suspicion, as the quiet wolf is the one which ultimately inspires fear, often bringing up this question:
“What is Danny Ainge planning that we’re not thinking of right now?” a league source told Jordan Brenner of The Athletic. “I’m sure Danny has something up his sleeve.”
Beal is coming off his best season after the Wizards lost John Wall at the end of December, seeing his scoring average jump to 27.2 points per game after he was tasked with becoming the primary playmaker for the team.
The 6-foot-5 sharpshooter has become an adept ball handler and an opportune passer, giving him the right skill set to become the main guy on offense, one which Ainge could choose to pair with restricted free agent Terry Rozier, should Ainge be able to retain him.
The Celtics are still armed with a bevy of draft picks and young talent they could package up in a trade for Beal. The Wizards, however, have yet to make a hire to lead their front office, and it’s likely Ainge is champing at the bit to catch interim president Tommy Sheppard off guard and strike a deal when the time is right.