The Phoenix Suns have reached a deal to acquire guard Bradley Beal from the Washington Wizards, Beal’s agent, Mark Bartelstein of Priority Sports and Entertainment, confirmed to USA TODAY Sports on Sunday.
The Suns lost to the Nuggets in the second round and went into the offseason looking to make improvements. They also wanted out of Paul’s contract, which is scheduled to pay him $30.8 million in 2023-24.
Beal, 29, is a three-time All-Star and 2020-21 All-NBA selection. This past season, he averaged 23.2 points, 5.4 assists and 3.9 rebounds and shot 50.6% from the field and 36.5% on 3-pointers. However, he has played in just 90 of 162 games the past two seasons.
Beal, his agent, and the team had explored trades for the past week. Beal, who is the only player in the NBA with a full no-trade clause in his contract, has spent his 11-year NBA career with the Wizards, who selected him with the third overall pick in the 2012 draft.
Beal will be entering the second season of his contract and is set to make $46.7 million in 2023-24.
Beal’s true value is on the offensive end if he can stay healthy as he is one of the league’s premier perimeter shooters.
In April, the Suns and Phoenix Mercury hired Josh Bartelstein to become CEO of two franchises. Bartelstein is the son of Beal’s agent.
The Wes Unseld Jr.-coached team has posted back-to-back 35-47 records, missing the postseason both seasons.
Forwards Kristaps Porzingis and Kyle Kuzma have player options for next season they can exercise. Porzingis has a $36 million player option and Kuzma’s contract is set at $13 million if he opts in. Both have to decide their plans for the next season by June 21.
This article originally appeared on USA TODAY: Suns trade for Bradley Beal, ship Chris Paul to Wizards
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