Bradley Beal has been talked about in a possible trade for a few weeks now.
On Thursday, Brian Windhorst appeared on ESPN’s Get Up and said the Bucks and Miami Heat are the teams at the “forefront” of trade talks involving Beal.
According to Fred Katz of The Athletic, the three-time All-Star has one team at the top of his list.
“If Beal had a formal list, which he never has before, then Miami would have been right there at the top of it,” Katz wrote on Thursday.
Shams Charania of Stadium and The Athletic has also mentioned the Heat as a potential front-runner for Beal, with the Sacramento Kings and Milwaukee Bucks among other teams weighing a run at the veteran shooting guard.
Beal, a first-round pick for the Wizards back in 2012, has played his entire 11-year career with the Wizards and the team has never been an actual threat to win the NBA Championship.
The biggest hurdle going forward is his massive contract, which will play a major factor in determining which franchises are most equipped to work out a trade for him. Washington signed Beal to a five-year, $251.02 million contract extension last year and he is the only player in the NBA with a no-trade clause as a result, meaning the Wizards have to consult with him before making a trade.
Both Kristaps Porziņģis and Kyle Kuzma have player options for next season, and their decisions could play a role in whether the Wizards keep Beal and try to make the playoffs next season, trade him, and then enter a full rebuild.
In 50 games last season, Beal averaged 23.2 points, 5.4 assists, and 3.9 rebounds.
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