- The Washington Times - Thursday, March 24, 2022

Bradley Beal said earlier this month that he’s leaning toward staying with the Wizards. 

But what if he changes his mind and wants to play elsewhere? 

One team that could be interested in the 28-year-old shooting guard is Miami. According to The Athletic’s Shams Charania, the Heat are a “legitimate suitor” for Beal if he wants to seek a sign-and-trade deal this offseason. 

The Heat, one of the league’s best defensive teams, could be seen as a fit for Beal, a dynamic scorer who can create offense on his own.

A deal for Beal, who is in line for a five-year, $246 million max contract this summer if he stays in D.C., could include young guard and Sixth Man of the Year candidate Tyler Herro. 

While the speculation is just that — speculation — it would give the Wizards an off-ramp allowing the team to avoid handing Beal a max contract. Beal, meanwhile, would bolster an already talented Miami Heat roster. The Heat, led by Jimmy Butler, Bam Adebayo, Kyle Lowry and Herro, are currently the No. 1 seed in the Eastern Conference — even if they sometimes fight with each other on the bench during games. 

• Jacob Calvin Meyer can be reached at jmeyer@washingtontimes.com.

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