Phoenix Suns: Bradley Beal, 29, has agreed to join the NBA’s newest Big Three, joining Kevin Durant and Devin Booker with the Phoenix Suns.
In exchange, the Suns agreed to send the Washington Wizards Chris Paul, Landry Shamet, and a bundle of future second-round picks.
The transaction was complicated and time-consuming to complete since Beal renounced his no-trade clause in order to be traded to the Suns. The transfer might potentially include a third club, especially if a franchise wants to purchase Paul, but the fundamental foundation is complete.
The agreement was reached less than a week after the Denver Nuggets defeated the Miami Heat in the NBA Finals, with the Heat also working with the Wizards on the prospect of obtaining Beal.
Bradley Beal, Kevin Durant, Devin Booker now in Phoenix.
— Shams Charania (@ShamsCharania) June 18, 2023
It is Mat Ishbia’s second significant buy in Phoenix. Just days after taking over the Suns, he secured Durant for a big package of players and first-round draught selections.
There are currently three active players in the NBA who have played at least 500 games and average at least 22 points per game, and Phoenix has all three in Beal, Durant, and Booker. They will make about £101 million ($130 million) together next season, meaning that the Suns would pay a hefty wage and tax bill to secure this title.
This season, the Suns will be different; Frank Vogel will take over as coach after Monty Williams was fired (he is now in Detroit), Paul will no longer be the starting point guard still searching for his first championship, and Durant and Booker will train together for the first time, with a third elite player in tow.
Beal’s statistics speak for themselves. Beal has averaged 26 points per game since his first All-Star season in 2017-18. That ranks tenth in the NBA throughout that time period.
He’s been an All-Star in three of the last six seasons, and he was chosen All-NBA in 2020-21 after finishing second in scoring for the second year in a row.
He’s in the second year of a five-year, £196 million ($251 million) contract; the last year is up to him and would pay him £47.5 million ($57.1 million). He owes around £161.5 million ($207.7 million) over the next four years.
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