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Bradley Beal could sign with top NBA team this summer?

Bradley Beal holding a ball

Bradley Beal has about as much chance of winning a championship with the Washington Wizards as he does of getting to the moon by flapping his arms. A very alluring alternative could be emerging for him this summer however.

Shams Charania of The Athletic reported on Monday that the Miami Heat are seen as a legitimate suitor for the star shooting guard Beal if he decides to leave Washington. Charania adds though that the Heat would need to complete a sign-and-trade in order to land Beal.

The three-time All-Star Beal has spent his entire career with the Wizards. But he will turn 29 in the summer and does not appear to have a legitimate path to title contention in Washington. Beal also attended the University of Florida for college and can become a free agent this offseason by turning down his $36.4 million player option for 2022-23.

Beal has notably declined to sign a contract extension with the Wizards to this point, and that has led to some other wild rumors about where he might be headed next if he leaves. The Heat, meanwhile, own the best record in the East this season at 47-24 and are poised to compete for several more years to come. There have also been some signs that Miami could be willing to trade away the star shooting guard that they have right now.

Photo: Jan 30, 2020; Washington, District of Columbia, USA; Washington Wizards guard Bradley Beal (3) warms up before the game between the Washington Wizards and the Charlotte Hornets at Capital One Arena. Mandatory Credit: Brad Mills-USA TODAY Sports

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