Could LeBron James and Anthony Davis Bring in Bradley Beal for a Big 3 on the Lakers?
LeBron James and Anthony Davis have led the Los Angeles Lakers to a lot of success this year. Before the NBA suspended its season, the Lakers were one of the best teams in the league and were just absolutely dominating their competition. However, could the Lakers become even stronger soon? Could James and Davis bring in Washington Wizards star Bradley Beal to create a big three?
LeBron James and Anthony Davis have made the Lakers a dominant team
After James made eight straight appearances in the NBA Finals with the Miami Heat and Cleveland Cavaliers, he went to the Los Angeles Lakers during the 2018 offseason. The Lakers, however, were not good in 2018-19. They went 37-45 overall.
After acquiring Davis during the 2019 offseason, though, the Lakers have since been excellent this season. Before the NBA suspended its season, the Lakers had the No. 1 record in the Western Conference at 49-14, and the second-best record in the entire NBA.
James and Davis have dominated together this season too. James was averaging 25.7 points per game to go with 7.9 rebounds and 10.6 assists. Davis, on the other hand, was averaging 26.7 points per game to go with 9.4 rebounds.
It is no doubt that once the NBA season resumes, the Lakers will be a favorite to win it all.
Bradley Beal has been a star for the Washington Wizards
After the Washington Wizards selected Bradley Beal with the third overall pick in the 2012 NBA draft, he ended up scoring 13.9 points per game as a rookie.
Then in 2013-14, he was really valuable. He scored 17.1 points per game and helped lead the Wizards to a 44-38 record. At that point, the Wizards had not won more than 30 games in a season since 2007-08. The Wizards ultimately went to the Eastern Conference Semifinals that season before losing to the Indiana Pacers in six games.
Beal then only scored 15.3 points per game in 2014-15 but helped lead the Wizards to a 46-36 record, which had been the most since 1978-79 when the Washington Bullets went 54-28. The Wizards ultimately lost in the Eastern Conference Semifinals again that year too.
In 2015-16, Beal only played in 55 games, and the Wizards missed the playoffs. He, however, took a massive step production-wise in 2016-17. Beal averaged 23.1 points per game that year and helped lead the Wizards to a 49-33 record. They lost in the Eastern Conference Semifinals again, though, but Beal has averaged 22 points per game or more each season since.
After the Wizards only made it to the First Round of the playoffs in 2017-18, the team missed the playoffs last year, and then had a 24-40 record this season before the league suspended its season.
Beal averaged 25.6 points per game last year, though, before jumping up to 30.5 points per game this year to go with a career-high 6.1 assists.
Bradley Beal could join LeBron James and Anthony Davis on the Lakers
NBA insider for Stadium and The Athletic, Shams Charania, recently appeared on the Complex Load Management podcast. He then confirmed that the Lakers and other teams have all had an interest in acquiring Beal.
Beal signed a two-year, $72 million extension with the Wizards in October, according to Bleacher Report. The extension starts in the 2021-22 season, but there have been plenty of trade rumors surrounding Beal and the Wizards.
“At the end of the day it’s going to be up to Bradley Beal. Because they’re ultimately going to offer him the supermax contract that they can offer, and he’s going to have to make a decision on whether the Wizards are the right fit moving forward,” Charania said, according to LeBron Wire of USA Today. “There are several teams, you can say that about all 29 teams, you know ‘we’re interested.’ … All 29 teams across the league, if you’re trying to win games — The Lakers, at different points, they’ve had interest in Beal — if you’re trying to win basketball games, you’re going to have interest in Bradley Beal.”
LeBron James, Anthony Davis, and Bradley Beal all on the same team? That would immediately make the Los Angeles Lakers one of the most talented teams in NBA history.
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