Why teams, like the Knicks, will still watch Bradley Beal's trade market: 'Just keep an eye on the standings'

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Ian Begley
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Bradley Beal pre-game with headphones on
Bradley Beal pre-game with headphones on

“Just keep an eye on the standings.”

That’s what one team interested in trading for Bradley Beal said when asked about reports in ESPN and The Athletic that stated Beal isn’t seeking a trade from the Wizards.

Now that James Harden has been dealt from Houston, many teams see Beal as the next NBA star who will be traded.

These teams understand that Beal is loyal to Washington, but some believe that the dynamic can shift if the Wizards continue to lose. That’s usually how it works in the NBA when it comes to stars and trades.

Per The Athletic, Beal is bothered by the constant coverage around potential trades. He doesn’t think he should be critiqued for wanting to stay in Washington. And he’s absolutely right. His loyalty to the franchise should be commended.

But Beal has been consistent in saying he wants to win in Washington. That’s why some teams didn’t exactly cross him off of their wish lists amid reports of Beal not demanding a trade.

Beal, Zach LaVine and Victor Oladipo are among the players teams are keeping an eye on as potential trade targets.

In Beal’s case, teams will keep monitoring the situation until Washington starts to win. In Oladipo’s case, teams will keep an eye on him through the March 25 trade deadline (Oladipo can be a free agent this offseason). Teams will also keep track of LaVine until he signs his next contract (the guard can be a free agent in the summer of 2022).

Regarding Beal, we took a look at some of the context of his situation and what a potential trade for the All-Star might cost the Knicks.

Why New York?

Dating back to the 2020 trade deadline, the Knicks have felt they have the assets to be involved in trade discussions for a star player when the opportunity presents itself.

It’s worth noting that, in Beal’s case, current and former execs feel that the Knicks don’t have an Oladipo-type player to send to Washington (Houston acquired Oladipo and eight first-round picks in the Harden trade).

Nonetheless, even in the wake of reports stating Beal won’t seek a trade, opposing teams will continue to keep an eye on the situation in Washington.

OddsMoney LinePoint SpreadTotal Points
Washington
+260+6.5O 238.5
Denver
-334-6.5U 238.5