NBA Rumor: Bradley Beal wants to join James Harden, Joel Embiid in Philly

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Bradley Beal is aiming join the Philadelphia 76ers this offseason to form an extremely talented big three with James Harden and Joel Embiid, according to a rumor put forward by former NBA player Andrew Bogut.

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"I've heard a pretty big rumor bro from some people that are pretty close to the situation in the NBA," Bogut said on his Rogue Bogues podcast via The Wooderboys on Twitter.

"Brad Beal is trying to get to Philadelphia in the offseason to team up with Harden and Embiid. Philly is desperate obviously to try to get off of [Tobias] Harris anyway. They have been for awhile, and I think they are even more desperate now to free up that cap space somehow. It most likely will have to be a sign-and-trade with Philly, but don't be surprised if a big three forms in Philly, bro. That's the word on the street."

Beal, 28, has a 2022-23 player option, but he can wait until the offseason and sign a five-year max contract for around $246 million with the Wizards or sign a four-year, $179 million contract with a new team, like Philadelphia.

Beal has continued to say publicly that he is fully committed to the Wizards, but the three-time All-Star has spent his entire 10-year career in D.C., never making it past the second round of the playoffs.

Harris, 29, is currently in year three of his five-year, $180 million max contract, with cap hits of over $37 million and over $39 million in 2022-23 and 2023-24, respectively.

Harris is struggling with a new star in Harden on the floor, averaging just 11.2 points in five games alongside of The Beard.