RUMOR: Pelicans had interest in acquiring Bradley Beal from Wizards

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Bradley Beal is a name that has come up in quite a few trade rumors over the last couple of years. Now, it appears that the New Orleans Pelicans had some level of interest in making a big move to acquire him from the Washington Redskins.

According to The Athletic’s Shams Charania, the Pelicans had some level of interest in making a move for Beal.

“New Orleans was a team that last year I heard looked into it… The Lakers at one point had interest in Beal. If you have interest in winning basketball games, you’re gonna have interest in Bradley Beal,” said Charania. “But everything he’s said so far, he wants to stay a Wizard. The Wizards have said they want to keep him. I don’t expect something on him until we see John Wall and Brad Beal play again.”

New Orleans adding Beal would be a very intriguing move and would immediately put them as a team to watch in the Western Conference. While they would have to give up some of their young talent to make the deal happen, they would still be stacked from top to bottom.

Can you imagine a Pelicans’ team with a roster including Zion Williamson, Beal, Jrue Holiday, Lonzo Ball, and Brandon Ingram? More than likely, Ingram, Ball, or even Holiday might have to included in a deal to acquire Beal. However, they would have a ton of talent regardless.

Beal has had a very impressive 2019-20 NBA season thus far with the Wizards. He averaged 30.5 points per game to go along with 6.1 assist and 4.2 rebounds. In addition to those averages, Beal has shot 45.5 percent from the field overall and has knocked down 35.3 percent of his three-point attempts.

It appears that Beal wants to stay with the Wizards, which means that he likely will stay put. But, if Washington decides they want to move him, the Pelicans could be a team to keep an eye on.

Expect to hear more trade rumors surface about Beal and a potential trade this coming offseason. It is likely that he won’t end up getting moved, but anything can happen in the business that is the NBA.

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