NBA Free Agency officially begins this week and one of the biggest talking points is the future of Washington Wizards guard Bradley Beal.
The 29-year-old has spent his entire career in Washington since being drafted with the third overall pick in 2012. In the 10 seasons that have been played out since, he has made the Playoffs on five separate occasions but is yet to make it any further than the Eastern Conference Semifinals.
The last time the Wizards made it out of the first round of the Playoffs was in 2017 as they lost in seven games to the Boston Celtics. In the five seasons that have followed, the franchise has missed the Playoffs on three occasions and were eliminated in the first round in each of the two seasons that they did make the postseason.
Such results are unlikely to inspire a three-time All-Star who averaged over 30 points per game in the 2019/20 and 2020/21 seasons where he had little help around him. His recent comments also indicated that, saying: ““My biggest fear is that I walk away from the game without giving myself a chance to win.”
Even still, he is eligible to sign a five-year, $248m max contract with the Wizards this summer and turning down that level of wealth, even for an NBA player, is easier said than done. There are a number of NBA betting sites that have released odds on Beal’s next team if not the Wizards, one of which is SportsBetting.ag. You can read our SportsBetting.ag review here.
The current favourites in their eyes are the Boston Celtics, who are available at +300. Beal’s close relationship with fellow St. Louis native Jayson Tatum is well documented and will always lead to the pair being linked in some way. The Celtics will be looking to add the piece that puts them over the top this offseason after making it to the NBA Finals, only to lose to the Golden State Warriors 4-2.
Turnovers and a lack of quality shot creation ultimately cost Boston in the series and Beal would certainly give them additional offensive firepower and take some of the load off of their two-way stars in Tatum and Jaylen Brown.
The Portland Trail Blazers are next at +400 as they look to provide Damian Lillard with an opportunity to contend for a championship. They could offer an enticing young package featuring the likes of Anfernee Simons, Nassir Little and this year’s no.7 overall pick Shaedon Sharpe. Portland have already acquired Jerami Grant this offseason and appeal to be anxious to show Lillard that they can build a competitive team around him whilst in his prime.
The third team on the list is the Miami Heat at +500. Pat Riley routinely goes big fish hunting and Beal would be a welcome addition in Miami alongside Jimmy Butler and Bam Adebayo. He also went to Florida and the Heat could offer one of the more enticing packages with Tyler Herro and Duncan Robinson likely involved.
Find the full list of odds released around Beal’s next team if he leaves the Wizards below.
Full Bradley Beal Next Team Odds IF Not Wizards
- Boston Celtics +300
- Portland Trail Blazers +400
- Miami Heat +500
- Los Angeles Lakers +600
- Brooklyn Nets +650
- Atlanta Hawks +750
- Denver Nuggets +800
- Dallas Mavericks +900
- Philadelphia 76ers +900
- New York Knicks +1000
- Utah Jazz +1100
- Los Angeles Clippers +1400
- New Orleans Pelicans +1400
- Chicago Bulls +1600
- Phoenix Suns +1600
- San Antonio Spurs +1600