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NBA Rumors: Lakers interested trading for Wizards guard Bradley Beal

In search of a Russell Westbrook trade, the Lakers aren’t simply looking to offload a salary and move on from the deal. Instead, the team is looking for avenues they can use Westbrook’s expiring deal as an asset to improve their roster.

Will it work and are teams interested? That’s the focus of the latest headlines and rumors.

Targeting Bradley Beal

The Lakers may be employing the strategy of “the worst they can say is no” when it comes to making calls around the league. On his latest episode of “The Void” that featured Silvers Screen & Roll alum Daman Rangoola, Kevin O’Connor of The Ringer revealed this tidbit on the Lakers and the star they’re eyeing.

“The one name that I’ve heard recently is Bradley Beal is a guy they want. I’m not sure the interest is as mutual. Beal, it seems Miami would be more of the threat to take him away from Washington. I don’t think you can rule out Boston either because of his relationship with Jayson Tatum. But the Lakers are trying to angle for some moves like that, use the Russ expiring and the 2027 and 2029 firsts.”

To be fair, it can’t hurt to ask. To also be fair, you can also expect the Wizards to laugh this one off. Even if Beal demanded his way out, which he has not done, there would be better deals on the table than Russ’ expiring and two picks in the distant future.

Now, that being said…

Wizards search for veteran guard

The Wizards ARE in search of a veteran, proven point guard, according to Marc Stein. The longtime NBA reporter noted in his newsletter on Saturday that the Wizards were looking for a backcourt mate for Beal.

The Wizards, as covered here recently, are open to trading the No. 10 overall pick in their quest for a proven point guard.

Obviously, this is a joke, but an interesting note is that the Wizards could barely trade for Russ even if they wanted to. Like the Lakers last season, Washington aggregated it’s contracts into one big one in Kristaps Porzingis and now, the only way they could theoretically trade for Russ is to include him in the deal.

And if you thought Anthony Davis was frustrating, boy would Porzingis be something else. He’s what Lakers fans think AD is. It’d be a front court focused on not stepping inside the paint.

Atkinson backs out

One of the three finalists for the head coach position for the Lakers, Kenny Atkinson was skipped over for the Lakers roll but eventually had agreed to a deal to become the Hornets next head coach.

The tense is important there. Had.

On Saturday in a bizarre twist, Atkinson backed out of his agreement and will remain with the Warriors as the team’s top assistant.

This doesn’t mean a whole lot to the Lakers, who have their guy. But it is an interesting development at least tangentially related to the Lakers as they move forward looking to fill out their coaching staff this offseason.

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