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Rumor: Sixers’ attempts to trade for Bradley Beal or Zach LaVine denied

Sixers, Bradley Beal, Zach LaVine

The Philadelphia 76ers are looking to upgrade their roster around stars Joel Embiid and Ben Simmons. The Sixers have reportedly checked in on a possible trade for Washington Wizards star Bradley Beal or Chicago Bulls star Zach LaVine, but they’ve been rebuffed to this point, according to Vincent Goodwill of Yahoo Sports.

Beal’s name coming up shouldn’t come off as a surprise given he recorded career-best numbers in the 2019-2020 season, tallying 30.5 points, 4.2 rebounds, and 6.1 assists per game as the main man for the Wizards as running mate John Wall recovered from an Achilles injury.

However, the Wizards have been adamant that they have zero interest in trading Beal yet. Instead, there have actually been rumors about a potential swap of Wall and Russell Westbrook.

As for LaVine, he is also coming off his best season as a pro, generating 25.5 points, 4.8 rebounds, and 4.2 rebounds per game. There have been some other trade rumblings involving the star guard as Chicago’s new front office evaluates the talent on hand, though a decent haul would be expected for his services.

While nothing is imminent, it’s no surprise to see new Sixers president Daryl Morey working the phones in an attempt to get a third star. Landing a third star would do wonders for the team and could push them over the hump in the Eastern Conference after a few disappointing playoff exits in recent years.

It seems rather unlikely that Beal gets moved based on how the Wizards feel about him, especially as long as Embiid or Simmons aren’t involved. However, LaVine might be gettable for the right offer.