“The [Golden State] Warriors, [Philadelphia] 76ers, [Miami] Heat and Hawks could all get in on the mix, according to sources,” wrote Fred Katz of The Athletic. “Others would certainly inquire, even if the list may not be as robust as it could have been if the Wizards pulled the trigger on a Beal trade a year ago … before the [Brooklyn] Nets gave up pieces for James Harden, the [Milwaukee] Bucks gave up ones for [Jrue] Holiday, the [Denver] Nuggets gave up ones for Aaron Gordon and the [Chicago] Bulls gave up ones for Nikola Vucevic.”
After making a run to the Eastern Conference Finals in the 2020-21 season, it seems like the Hawks are ready to take things to the next level.
Rising superstar Trae Young is becoming the face of the franchise, but he needs some help. This past season, he averaged 25.3 points, 3.9 rebounds and 9.4 assists per game while shooting 43.8 percent from the field and 34.3 percent from deep.
Meanwhile, Beal was in the mix for the scoring title all season long before ultimately falling short of the honor. He had an outstanding 2020-21 campaign, averaging 31.3 points, 4.7 rebounds and 4.4 assists per game. He made 48.5 percent of his shots from the field and 34.9 percent of his shots from beyond the arc.
Beal would be a monumental addition for Atlanta, but he would come at a massive price. The Hawks would likely have to come to terms with losing some very desirable assets if they were to trade for Beal.
The market for Beal should be extremely competitive throughout the offseason. His future with the Wizards remains in question.