A door could also be opening for the Los Angeles Lakers to probably land one other famous person this offseason. Bleacher Report’s Jake Fischer reported there’s “palpable expectation” across the league that Wizards All-Star Bradley Beal will request a commerce prior to the NBA Draft on July 29. The Lakers are unlikely to have an interesting commerce bundle to land Beal, however it might open up a possibility to make a deal for Russell Westbrook if the Wizards decide to blow up their roster.
“With the 2021 NBA draft quick approaching, phrase has reached entrance workplaces across the league that Wizards All-Star guard Bradley Beal is contemplating requesting a commerce prior to Thursday evening’s occasion,” Fischer detailed.
“‘He is aware of he has to decide earlier than the draft,’” a supply informed Bleacher Report. “For the previous 12 months, individuals aware of Beal’s devoted relationship to the Wizards have persistently rebuffed the notion he had curiosity in taking part in elsewhere. Yet a second supply shut to Beal, when contacted by B/R, confirmed the scenario is now fluid.”
The Wizards Are Unlikely to Consider Trading Westbrook Unless They Deal Beal
The Undefeated’s Marc Spears defined on The Max Kellerman Show that Westbrook’s future is tied to Beal. A possible Beal commerce would possible immediate the Wizards to additionally discover packages for Westbrook which is the place the Lakers may enter the image.
“You know, I’ve been informed that the Wizards and the Lakers have, I wouldn’t name them like shut conversations,” Spears defined. “In the NBA world, there’s loads of conversations, so let’s not act like that is on the one-yard line, however that Russ has been talked about in regards to in all probability getting Schroder in a sign-and-trade. Also, getting Kyle Kuzma who I feel all Lakers followers count on him to be out. Talen Horton-Tucker will surely be a painful loss, too.
“But you bought to give one thing to get one thing, and if the Wizards are doing that transfer my guess is that Beal is on his approach out, too. Because I feel the one approach Russell Westbrook, from what I hear, I’m not talking for him, however from what I’ve been informed, the one approach that Russ would need to transfer is that if Bradley Beal needs to go as nicely.”
Westbrook’s Salary for Next Season Is $44.2 Million
If the Wizards return right into a rebuilding mode, Westbrook’s contract will possible be the workforce’s first precedence in transferring. Westbrook nonetheless has two seasons remaining on his five-year, $206 million deal. The level guard is slated to make $44.2 million subsequent season.
Westbrook averaged a triple-double final season notching 22.2 factors, 11.5 rebounds and 11.7 assists per sport. The guard’s productiveness remains to be there however there are questions on Westbrook’s type of play being viable on a contender. For the Lakers, Westbrook’s presence may permit LeBron James to play extra off the ball which might ease among the stress on the famous person.
“Have heard that the Lakers have developed some traction in their pursuit of Russell Westbrook, for what it’s value,” The Painted Lines’ Austin Krell tweeted after the Beal information.