No. 10: Los Angeles Lakers
If a star is thrown into trade rumors in the NBA, and the Los Angeles Lakers aren’t around to hear it, does it really make a sound? Should the Washington Wizards look to trade Bradley Beal, the Lakers would absolutely make a call.
Adding Beal to a duo of LeBron James and Anthony Davis would create a very interesting core group. The last time they attempted to form a Big Three, it flopped, but Beal would hopefully be much more adaptable than Russell Westbrook.
Beal’s scoring punch would definitely help the Lakers on the offensive end, and if he were to take the place of D’Angelo Russell in the starting lineup, it could work out for the better.
That being said, the Wizards have no real reason to make a trade like this unless Beal and his no-trade clause specifically request a trade to the Lakers and nowhere else.
D’Angelo Russell will be asking for a decent-sized contract, which wouldn’t be worth it, Mo Bamba is intriguing at best, and Malik Beasley caps out as a decent role player.
And while the 17th pick in the draft would be a nice piece to have, the best asset Washington would be getting back would be the future first-round pick, as, by the time it would convey, the Lakers would likely be in a rough spot as a team.
All that being said, there should be much better trade packages out there for the Wizards to consider this summer.
Potential starting lineups
Lakers: Austin Reaves, Bradley Beal, LeBron James, Jarred Vanderbilt, Anthony Davis
Wizards: D’Angelo Russell, Malik Beasley, Corey Kispert, Deni Avdija, Kristaps Porzingis