Report: Bradley Beal 'not rejecting' the idea of a trade from Wizards

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Wizards star Bradley Beal has been reluctant to leave D.C., but now, he's open to exploring trade options as the Feb. 10 trade deadline looms.

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According to a new piece in The Athletic by David Aldridge and Josh Robbins, “For the first time in a long time, sources close to Beal indicate he’s not rejecting out of hand the notion of trade elsewhere — even though his preference is to remain with the Wizards.”

It's hard not to think about the Philadelphia and Ben Simmons when hearing that report, as 76ers president Daryl Morey is likely salivating at the idea of pairing Beal with Joel Embiid.

Beal, 28, has spent his entire career with the Wizards after being selected with the third overall pick in the 2012 NBA Draft. Beal has played in 45 career playoff games, but just 11 since the 2017-18 NBA season, as the Wizards have continued to struggle.

Adding more intrigue, ESPN's Brian Windhorst reported last month that Beal, who holds a player option for the 2022-23 season, "doesn’t plan to sign an extension and likely will skip his player option” as he approaches his first summer of free agency.

The three-time All-Star and All-NBA 2021 third-teamer is a career 22.1 points per game scorer and a 37.2-percent three point shooter. In 2019-20 and 2020-21, Beal averaged over 30 points per game in each of those respective seasons, finishing 2nd in the NBA in scoring in each campaign.

A Beal-Embiid combination would be extremely dangerous and an easy acquisition for the Sixers to make, as they continue to seek out a trade partner for Simmons.

Back in September, ESPN and D.C. native Tony Kornheiser suggested a Beal for Simmons swap would benefit both teams.

“This is a trade that benefits both teams,” Kornheiser said months ago. “If Bradley Beal goes to the Sixers they could win a title. He is what they need — and Ben Simmons is what 10 guys as rotational players need here. If he is a better player with a chance of scenery, he’ll close out the game.”

The question is, will Morey be able to hold onto Tyrese Maxey—one of the NBA's most improved players and ascending young guards—if an opportunity to acquire Beal presents itself.

Simmons, 25, is a three-time NBA All-Star and two-time All-NBA first team defender. He signed a five-year contract worth $170 million in 2019. He has already made approximate $90 million and he is due around another $114 million over the next three seasons, according to spotrac.com.

The Sixers are red hot winning 15 of their last 18 games, including an OT thriller at home vs. the Grizzlies on Monday with Embiid out due to rest. They've won five in a row to pull within a half game of first place in the East.

Coincidentally, Philly hosts Washington tonight at the Wells Fargo Center.