NBA insider reports Lakers have interest in Bradley Beal

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NBA insider reports Lakers have interest in Bradley Beal

The Los Angeles Lakers reportedly have interest in acquiring Washington Wizards guard Bradley Beal, according to NBA insider Kevin O'Connor of The Ringer. Last summer, the Lakers went all in to acquire Russell Westbrook from the Wizards.

A year later, the Lakers are reportedly exploring ways to replace Westbrook with Beal. Beal, who has a player option for the next season, could become a free agent this summer if he declines his player option. If Beal expresses interest in going somewhere else, it would be a logical choice for the Wizards to try to get at least something in return for their star guard.

However, Ringer noted that there are other teams better positioned to make a run at Beal. “The one name that I’ve heard recently is Bradley Beal as another guy that they want. I’m not sure if the interest is as mutual.

You know Beal, it seems like Miami would be more of the threat to take him away from Washington. I don’t think you can also rule out Boston either because of his relationship with Jayson Tatum, but the Lakers are trying to angle for some moves like that using the Russ expiring and the ’27 and the ’29 firsts," Ringer said on his The Void podcast, via Sports Illustrated.

The Lakers interested in Beal

The Lakers entered the 2021/22 season as one of the top contenders for the title. What was expected to be a big season, ended in a major disappointment as the Lakers finished 33-49 and missed out on the playoffs.

This offseason, the Lakers fired Frank Vogel and announced Darvin Ham as their new head coach. “I’m so ready for this challenge, man,” Ham said on SiriusXM NBA Radio. “I’m so ready to shut people up.

I’m so ready to get busy. They’re gonna have so much fun. We’re going to work hard, we’re going to put in work, but we’re also going to have a lot of fun along this journey, man. they guys, just to hear excitement in their voices.

We just have conversations. They’ve all seen the type of basketball in Atlanta, in Milwaukee with me being with coach Bud [Mike Budenholzer]. It’s appealing style of play. I’m just thrilled." The Lakers will be determined to bounce back next season and prove that they are indeed a quality team. It remains to be seen if the Lakers somehow pull off a trade for Beal.