Los Angeles Lakers: Bradley Beal Trade Could Still Happen
The Los Angeles Lakers are flying high right now as arguably the best team in the NBA. But, don’t forget they could always try to add Washington Wizards’ guard Bradley Beal.
The Lakers are currently second in the Western Conference with a mark of 18-6.
LA is no doubt a favorite to win another NBA Finals behind the All-Star duo of LeBron James and Anthony Davis.
If the Lakers can capture another title, it would be their 18th in franchise history.
As for the Wizards, it makes sense to ship Beal out of town because they are not a playoff team this season.
The Wiz are currently 5-15 and one of the worst NBA teams this year.
They have Russell Westbrook and Beal, but that’s really it.
Despite it appearing as if Washington will hold on to Bradley Beal, there are a few reasons why a trade with the Lakers makes sense for both clubs.
Kyle Kuzma signed an extension worth $39 million for three years recently, but that can be an attractive contract to pick up.
The Wizards could potentially get Kuzma in a Beal trade with the Lakers.
Meanwhile, LA would have to eat the $71 million owed to Beal the next two years and maybe more if they get him this season.
Kuzma might flourish having his own team and learning from Wiz head coach Scott Brooks.
The question is will Kuzma feel comfortable having to guide a team to the playoffs after winning in LA?
It could be tough on Kuz and therefore it would be understandable if he fought to stay in Hollywood as long as possible.
The Los Angeles Lakers can be in the title conversation the next two seasons at least.
Adding Bradley Beal only strengthens their rotation and gives James another shooter to pass the ball to.
LA has a few shooters from Kentavious Caldwell-Pope to Wesley Matthews and to Dennis Schroder.
Montrezl Harrell, AD, Markieff Morris, and LBJ can also provide a few shots from long range as well.
Beal can be a Laker for a long time and he’s only 27 years old.
When LeBron retires, AD and Beal could become the faces of the Lakers and draw in another free agent.
It’s amazing to think about all the possibilities that could surround the Lakers over the next three years or more.
Beal is averaging 33.3 PPG in Washington and has been pretty durable throughout his last four years in the NBA.
The Lakers have a chance to face the Brooklyn Nets in the NBA Finals this summer.
The Nets added James Harden to a cast that already had Kevin Durant and Kyrie Irving.
If you’re a Laker fan, it doesn’t hurt to add Bradley Beal to a group that has LeBron and Anthony Davis.
I’m not saying the Los Angeles Lakers will win the Finals this season but doesn’t Mr. Bradley Beal help them win that 18th crown?
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