Days after it was reported that the Washington Wizards were going to look to trade All-Star guard Bradley Beal, a deal is reportedly being finalized.
The Phoenix Suns will acquire another superstar, as Beal will join Kevin Durant and Devin Booker in the desert in a blockbuster trade with the Wizards.
Beal’s agent, Mark Bartelstein, who was involved in the trade discussions because Beal was the only player in the league with a no-trade clause in his contract, confirmed to ESPN that «the framework is in place that will take Beal to the Suns. «. .»
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While the framework is still being worked out, The Athletic reports that Chris Paul, who Phoenix previously told was going to be released, Landry Shamet, a handful of second-round picks and multiple pick trades is the trade package for the Wizards and Suns have agreed.
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ESPN previously reported that the Wizards were beginning to receive calls about possible trades for the three-time All-Star, as team president Michael Wagner and Bartelstein «stayed in close contact» throughout that process.
The Suns clearly see themselves in a championship window and new owner Mat Ishbia continues to be aggressive, landing a deadly third scoring option along with Durant and Booker on the floor.
DeAndre Ayton could also be at center for the Suns, though trade rumors have surrounded him despite agreeing to a max contract.
Beal played just one season under a five-year, $251 million deal that had him under the Wizards’ control through the 2027 season. He has a player option on that contract for the 2026-27 season worth $57.128 million.
With Ayton in place, ESPN notes that the Suns have a $163 million salary committed to Booker, Durant, Beal and Ayton for the 2023-2024 season, which will greatly limit their ability to acquire more outside help.
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Beal isn’t the court general that Paul is, but his shooting ability from the high point (50.6% from the field last season on an average of 23.2 points) makes him a threat when the ball is in your hands.
A mainstay on a team that has seen a lot of turnover in recent years, Beal spent 11 seasons in a Wizards uniform after being drafted by the team third overall in the 2012 NBA Draft.
He has averaged 22.1 points with 4.1 assists and a career shooting rate of 46% in 695 regular-season games for Washington.
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Now, Beal enters as a true Finals contender next season while the Wizards fully commit to a rebuild (Kristaps Porzingis and Kyle Kuzma have player options that Washington awaits answers on).
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