NBA Rumors: Stephen A. Smith Suggests a Wild Bradley Beal-LA Clippers Trade

Published 01/27/2021, 10:42 PM EST
Jan 26, 2021; Houston, Texas, USA; Washington Wizards guard Bradley Beal (3) reacts to a call during the fourth quarter of a game against the Houston Rockets at Toyota Center. Mandatory Credit: Carmen Mandato/Pool Photo-USA TODAY Sports


After the Washington Wizards lost to the Houston Rockets, all everyone could talk about was Bradley Beal. Why is that? Well, a clip of him sitting on the bench and shaking his head in disappointment went viral.

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Now, the popular opinion is that he should be traded to a team he deserves because of how good a player he is. So, who are the potential suitors for Beal? An NBA Analyst thinks the LA Clippers would be the perfect fit.

The star that deserves more

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Stephen A. Smith is known to have very strong opinions on matters. Thus, on ESPN, he made it clear that Beal should be paired with a better team.

“Bradley Beal is a star,” he started off. “He deserves better than what he’s getting in the nation’s capital.”

Smith also expressed his admiration for the Wizards’ GM and coach. However, he also spoke the harsh truth and said, “The Washington Wizards at this particular moment in time are atrocious. They are horrible, and it’s primarily because of their defense.”

He ended up quoting Beal who said, “We can’t guard a parked car” and spoke up about the clip that went viral. He interpreted, “That is the sign of somebody who is about to lose it. They can’t take it anymore. That’s where he’s at.”

Finally, he ended up calling out the GM and coach and stated, “You got to get Bradley Beal out of there. He’s a tremendous asset, but you have got to get him out of there.”

Jan 26, 2021; Houston, Texas, USA; Washington Wizards guard Bradley Beal (3) drives to the net against the Houston Rockets during the second quarter at Toyota Center. Mandatory Credit: Carmen Mandato/Pool Photo-USA TODAY Sports

Bradley Beal and the LA Clippers?

Not only did Smith vouch for Beal’s trade, he also suggested a potential destination.

“If there is any way, the Clippers can get Bradley Beal to pair with Paul George and Kawhi Leonard, you do it because I think that’s their chance of coming out of the West,” he explained.

“How can the Clippers possibly position themselves to win the chip? By getting somebody like Bradley Beal. With a Paul George, with a Kawhi Leonard, Lord have mercy. That could potentially be special.”

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Smith made it clear that the Clippers are no threat to the Lakers this year. However, that could change if Beal was a part of that team.

Bradley is leading the league in scoring and yet, the Wizards are one of the worst teams in the East. There is definitely something wrong and if he doesn’t want to remain stuck there, Beal and the Wizards should do some quick thinking.

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Yashima Bhatia

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Yashima Bhatia is an NBA writer for EssentiallySports who specialises in providing nuanced predictions and updates for matches. She has a Bachelor's degree in journalism and mass communication. Yashima's love for playing the game came up at a young age, when the excitement of the games coupled with the intensity of the Playoffs had her hooked.

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