In a stunning development, the Phoenix Suns have finalized a deal to secure the services of star guard Bradley Beal from the Washington Wizards, according to Mark Bartelstein, Beal’s agent from Priority Sports and Entertainment. The confirmation came during a conversation with USA TODAY Sports on Sunday.
Bradley Beal Joins KD and Devin Booker
The proposed trade arrangement entails the Suns sending Chris Paul, Landry Shamet, and a package of valuable draft picks to the Wizards, who may subsequently transfer Paul to another team as part of the Bradley Beal trade. This move marks yet another ambitious step taken by new Suns owner Mat Ishbia, as he bolsters the team’s roster with marquee names.
Bradley Beal will join forces with Devin Booker and Kevin Durant, both of whom the Suns acquired in a significant trade deadline transaction in February. The addition of Beal promises to enhance the team’s firepower and strengthen their chances of contending for the NBA championship.
Interestingly, the Miami Heat, who recently suffered defeat at the hands of the Denver Nuggets in the NBA Finals, had also expressed interest in acquiring Beal. However, the star guard holds a coveted no-trade clause in his current five-year, $251 million contract, which extends until the conclusion of the 2026-2027 season.
Over the past week, Beal, his agent, and the Wizards organization had been actively exploring potential trade scenarios. Notably, Beal stands alone as the sole NBA player possessing a full no-trade clause within his contract. The Wizards initially drafted Beal as the third overall pick in the 2012 NBA Draft, and he has since dedicated his entire 11-year professional career to the franchise.
As Beal embarks on the second season of his contract, he is poised to earn a substantial sum of $46.7 million in the upcoming 2023-24 season. This salary further cements his status as one of the highest-earning players in the league.
The acquisition of Bradley Beal by the Phoenix Suns undoubtedly shakes up the NBA landscape and sets the stage for an exciting chapter in the team’s pursuit of championship glory.