Phoenix Suns and Washington Wizards agree to major NBA trade deal
According to reports from US media, the Phoenix Suns and Washington Wizards have agreed to a spectacular trade deal involving All-Stars Chris Paul and Bradley Beal. The Wizards are taking a risk by accepting Paul, who is known to be injury-prone, while the Suns face significant penalties.
The trade would see Paul play for the Wizards, and Beal join the Suns, where he would play alongside All-Stars Kevin Durant and Devin Booker. Both Paul and Beal are point guards, but Paul is 38 years old and has had increasing health problems, while Beal is almost 30 and has four years left on his contract with the Wizards. Beal has a clause in his contract that requires his approval for a trade.
The Suns are also expected to face significant penalties, as they would have to pay a total of $163 million in salaries for Beal, Durant, Booker, and Deandre Ayton in the upcoming season. However, the salary cap is expected to be around $134 million, so team owner Mat Ishbia will have to pay a significant luxury tax to finance the team.
Beal was drafted third by the Wizards in 2012 and has spent eleven years with the team, averaging 22.1 points per game and making the playoffs five times, although the team has never made it past the second round. The Wizards missed the playoffs in the previous season, while the Suns were eliminated in the second round by the eventual champions, the Denver Nuggets.