The Los Angeles Lakers have reportedly shown interest in Washington Wizards All-Star shooting guard Bradley Beal in the past, which isn’t a surprise given that the team has LeBron James and Anthony Davis leading the charge and general manager Rob Pelinka has been on record saying he’ll always be aggressive in trying to acquire a third superstar.
However, Pelinka and the Lakers have nothing to offer the Wizards for Beal, who is one of the best players in the league with trade value at its highest level right now. The former Florida Gator was averaging 30.5 points, 4.2 rebounds and 6.1 assists for the Wizards in 2019-20 before the season was suspended in March.
It’s going to take a grand trade offer to pry Bradley Beal away from D.C., and Los Angeles doesn’t have any players besides LeBron and Davis who are jumping off the page in trade talks.
The Lakers’ best trade asset right now is Kyle Kuzma, the only youngster who survived the Davis trade with the New Orleans Pelicans. Los Angeles could try building a trade around Beal involving draft picks, Kuzma, Alex Caruso and basically any player on the roster not named LeBron or Davis.
The Wizards, should the Lakers actually offer them some sort of deal for Beal in the offseason of 2020, would hang up the phone quickly.
Wizards general manager Tommy Sheppard isn’t even interested in trading Beal since Washington All-Star point guard John Wall will be back in 2020-21. It makes no sense for the Wizards to trade Beal unless it can move Wall and his lucrative contract as well.
Plus, Beal has said multiple times he wants to finish his career with the Wizards. He’s owed $28.75 million next season and $34.5 million in 2021-22 before a $37.26 million player option in 2022-23.
Having a sniper such as Beal roaming around the arc and getting open through back screens while James and Davis are operating seems unfair. The Lakers would have one of the deadliest Big 3s in the NBA with LeBron, Davis and Beal. The open looks Beal would get from deep would be shots he has never seen before since LeBron and Davis command so much attention when they have the ball.
However, Lakers fans praying that Bradley Beal ends up in Los Angeles are in for a rude awakening. Sheppard is a smart general manager and is not going to trade one of the top players in the league for peanuts.