Bradley Beal Trade Rumors: Lakers Had Shown Interest ‘At Different Points’

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BOSTON, MA - NOVEMBER 13: Bradley Beal #3 of the Washington Wizards reacts in the second half against the Boston Celtics at TD Garden on November 13, 2019 in Boston, Massachusetts. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Kathryn Riley/Getty Images)

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As they look for a potential third star to play alongside LeBron James and Anthony Davis, the Los Angeles Lakers might turn their sights toward Washington Wizards guard Bradley Beal

During an appearance on Complex’s Load Management podcast, Shams Charania of The Athletic and Stadium reported the Wizards will likely extend a supermax extension to Beal, but it’s not immediately clear if he would re-sign. Charania added that the Lakers have shown interest in the two-time All-Star “at different points.”

Beal is under contract through the 2021-22 season and has a $37.3 million player option for 2022-23.

He told The Undefeated’s Marc J. Spears in March he envisioned potentially ending his career with the Wizards:

“Wanting to have my jersey retired in Washington one day played a factor in me re-signing. Every night we walk into that arena, there’s five names up there. Those are some of the five greatest to ever touch a basketball. To be on pace to breaking the records that I am now and to be here for eight years already, that’s special. And coming into the prime of my career, you don’t know how much longer you have.

“For me, I look at Kobe, I look at D-Wade [Dwyane Wade], I look at Dirk [Nowitzki], U.D. [Udonis Haslem], how they can stay in one situation for a long time.

“I hate change. If it happens, it happens. But if I can control it, I will finish in D.C.”

Of course, circumstances can change

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