19 June, 2023
The Washington Wizards finally moved All-Star guard Bradley Beal after years of rumors. Adrian Wojnarowski of EPSN reports that the group will trade for Beal and send him to the Phoenix Suns.
According to the source, the Wizards will receive Chris Paul, Landry Shamet, several second-round picks, and pick swaps in the trade.
According to NBA expert Chris Haynes, the Wizards are also anticipated to reroute Paul in a deal. According to reports, the 38-year-old would be open to a reunion with the Los Angeles Clippers.
Beal will now reside in Phoenix with Devin Booker, Kevin Durant, and Deandre Ayton. For the 2023–24 season, all four of them have maximum deals worth a combined $163 million. This is Phoenix’s all-in drive for a title as the new Collective Bargaining Agreement aims to severely restrict roster flexibility for teams above the second luxury tax bracket ($117 million).
The deal was made about a year after Beal, 29, and the Wizards agreed to a five-year, $251 million agreement. Beal waived the no-trade provision of the agreement in order to sign with Phoenix.
According to Beal’s agent Mark Bartelstein via Wojnarowski, the transaction was “extremely complicated with so many different obstacles to get through.”
Bartelstein is the father of Suns CEO Josh Bartelstein, which makes for an intriguing Father’s Day plot.
Beal’s 11-year tenure in Washington is coming to an end, but despite the challenging transition, he still has four years and more than $200 million left on his contract.
With the third overall choice in the 2012 NBA Draft, the franchise selected Beal. Early in his career, Beal had a great deal of promise, making the NBA All-Rookie team after averaging 13.9 points in his rookie campaign.
After a few successful years, Beal improved significantly during the 2016–17 NBA season. He helped the Wizards finish fourth in the Eastern Conference with an average of 23.1 points per game. Beal continued to produce well after that and was named to the All-Star squad in three of his following four seasons. In the 2020–21 NBA season, he averaged a career-high 31.3 points per game.
Since then, Beal has dealt with a number of injuries, but when fit, he has continued to be a valuable player. He missed a portion of the NBA season in 2021–2022 due to COVID–19 and a wrist injury. Due to foot, hamstring, and knee injuries, Beal was only able to play in 50 games last year. Beal averaged 23.2 points over the previous two seasons despite those ailments.