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Report: Wizards’ Bradley Beal ranks as Lakers’ ‘chief’ trade target outside of Anthony Davis

Bradley Beal, Wizards

Despite a deep interest in acquiring New Orleans Pelicans talisman Anthony Davis, the Los Angeles Lakers will be targeting other succulent options in the offseason, chief among them being Washington Wizards guard Bradley Beal, according to Sean Deveney of Sporting News.

Beal is a highly sought-after talent who is coming off his best season in the NBA. The Wizards will have a pivotal decision on their hands, as Beal could very well qualify for a supermax extension if he’s selected to an All-NBA team, putting him among the best six guards in the league.

The Wizards have yet to hire a president of basketball operations since firing longtime executive Ernie Grunfeld after 16 seasons with the team, but this is a decision that would likely need owner Ted Leonsis’ approval, as it puts the fate and direction of the franchise at risk.

The Lakers are in a position to make a big offer with the No. 4 overall pick in the draft, should the opportunity arise, as well as plenty of young players with upside that the Wizards could get in return.

While Davis is still expected to be the primordial target coming into a caustic offseason, Beal is another key target who could take this LeBron James-led team to the next level.

The 25-year-old put up a career-high 25.6 points per game along with 5.0 rebounds and 5.5 assists — numbers aided by John Wall’s absence due to yet another injury that will keep him out of action next season.