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Bradley Beal Next Team Odds: Decision Time Nears For Wizards Star

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Bradley Beal Next Team Odds: Decision Time Nears For Wizards Star

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Through far more losses than wins, Bradley Beal has remained loyal to the Washington Wizards. That includes signing a massive contract that has him under wraps up for the next three seasons at a cost of $50 million annually. 

But the winning still hasn't come, and it has both sides wondering if the best scenario is to move on. 

Both the team and Beal's team, are exploring possible trade opportunities. The door is now open for another squad to swoop in and secure the three-time All-Star. 

Bookies.com veteran oddsmaker Adam Thompson has revealed his hypothetical NBA odds as to where Beal ends up for next season. 

Bradley Beal Next Team Odds

TeamOddsImplied Probability
Washington Wizards+30025.0%
Miami Heat+47517.4%
Milwaukee Bucks+60014.3%
New York Knicks+65013.3%
Philadelphia 76ers+80011.1%
Boston Celtics+10009.1%
San Antonio Spurs+12007.7%
Dallas Mavericks+14006.7%
Brooklyn Nets+18005.3%
Sacramento Kings+20004.8%
The Field+11008.3%

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Beal averaged over 30 points per game in both 2019-20 and 20-21. The two years prior, he played all 82 games. 

But in three of the last four seasons, he's missed a ton of action. This past year he managed only 50 games –  the Wizards were paying him just over $1 million each evening he got on the court. The year prior he played just 40 games. Beal turns 30 this offseason, and it's possible the bang-for-your-buck just isn't there. 

That said, the NBA  has become a league of win-now desperation. Championship contenders including the Milwaukee Bucks, Phoenix Suns and Philadelphia 76ers fired highly regarded coaches for coming up short in the playoffs. GMs are going to kick the tires on Beal. If they appear to hold up, the Wizards are going to get offers. 

With Kristaps Porzingis coming off the books as well, this could be the time Washington blows everything up Utah Jazz-style, and acquires picks and capital to use down the road. 

Beal has a no-trade clause, so he must agree to whatever the Wizards drum up. It's been made clear he wants to play for a contender. 

The Miami Heat make a lot of sense. The NBA Finals runner-up overachieved but missed a key playmaker and shot-taker alongside Jimmy Butler. Miami has picks and they have players, including SG Tyler Herro, to dangle. The Heat were interested in Beal a year ago and with the taste of a title so close, might be even more inclined to pull the trigger now. 

The New York Knicks have been looking to make a splash and get that guy who can lead them to the next level. New York, which has shown interest in Beal, owns a ridiculous 11 tradeable picks and can dangle Julius Randle. 

The Milwaukee Bucks came short of expectations, landing the No. 1 seed in the Eastern Conference only to get wiped out by Butler and the Heat. If Khris Middleton comes off the books and declines a player option, the door is open for Beal. A sign-and-trade involving Middleton, himself an oft-injured three-time All-Star, could be a boost for both sides. Few other teams could offer such a move. 

Joel Embiid lobbied for his Philadelphia 76ers to get Beal into the fold when the swingman was rumored to be available. It didn't work out and the team ultimately acquired James Harden instead. There's no way Philly can currently afford Beal, and it doesn't have enough draft picks for Washington. But if Harden leaves, it opens the possibility that Sixers brass does whatever it takes to make their reigning NBA MVP happy. 

The Boston Celtics, despite being set at the wing with talents Jayson Tatum and Jaylen Brown leading the team to the NBA Finals last year, could be set to make a move. Brown is due to a max contract in one more season. This could give the Wizards someone to build around and match Beal with Tatum. They went to the same high school and Tatum even played on an AAU team Beal founded in St. Louis. There's a strong mutual admiration there. 

The Houston Rockets and San Antonio Spurs could probably make Beal's massive contract work. Would either be enticing to Beal to waive his no-trade clause? Perhaps the Spurs, who are going to add 7-foot-3 phenom Victor Wembanyama in the 2023 NBA Draft and make a push for one last, big run under coach Gregg Popovich. A veteran leader such as Beal seems like a fit for Popovich. 

Similarly, the Dallas Mavericks want another go-to alongside Luka Doncic. Kyrie Irving is mulling a $43 million player option. If he doesn't take it, Beal would fit the bill, probably better than the ball-dominant Irving. 

Adding Beal would give a boost to younger teams such as the Brooklyn Nets and Sacramento Kings. Each has tradeable parts and picks to move, but each also may be on to a good thing and may not want to mess with an injury-prone star with a massive deal. They'll have their own players to re-up soon enough.  

The Field includes teams that may have interest, but not the capital or financial flexibility to add on such a contract. The Los Angeles Clippers, Los Angeles Lakers, Golden State Warriors.

 

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Adam Thompson for Bookies.com
Adam Thompson
NFL writer and expert Adam Thompson joined Bookies.com in 2019 after a successful run as senior handicapper for SportsLine and CBSSports.com. He's long been established as one of the nation's premier handicappers, specializing in the NFL where he's hit on more than 60% over the past three years. Adam's NBA, PGA and horse racing picks have also produced major winners over the last 12 months. His customized NFL and NBA odds for players and teams have been picked up by hundreds of websites over the past year.