NBA sides are looking at their trade options as we close in on the festive period, and we round up some of the latest rumours and gossip in the league. Bradley Beal has explained his decision to stick with the Washington Wizards despite links to the Lakers while Chris Paul has been linked with the Miami Heat and Spencer Dinwiddie to the Celtics.
Beal explains Lakers snub
Bradley Beal has explained why he snubbed the Lakers to stick with the Washington Wizards.
Beal was linked with a trade during the off season but opted to sign a two-year max extension with the Wizards.
“I’m good. They made their own decisions,” Beal said.
“At the end of the day, there’s no guarantee you’ll win a championship by jumping ship. Only one team wins. When it came down to my decision making, I really factored that in. It looks great, but the grass isn’t always greener.”
Chris Paul to Miami Heat
James Carroll of Clutch Points said: “Though NBA fans have soured on him, Chris Paul would be a perfect fit for the Miami Heat.
“He isn’t a ball-dominant guard that would take away from the overall offensive scheme. And beyond that, his experience in the playoffs could be a positive for such a young team.
“Despite being 34, Paul is putting up similar or even better numbers than previous seasons. He’s averaging 15.7 points, 5.6 assists, and 4.2 rebounds per game on an effective field goal percentage of 52.3%.
“Those marks are all around his career averages.”
Spencer Dinwiddie to the Celtics
Spencer Dinwiddie could make a move to the Boston Celtics after impressing for the Brooklyn Nets, according to Andrew Hughes of FanSided’s Hardwood Houdini.
He said: “Quite frankly, his fit next to Walker–who has proven to be able to defer to his teammates swimmingly in Boston–would be Damian Lillard-CJ McCullom-esque.
“His timeline also fits nicely with Marcus Smart, Jaylen Brown and Jayson Tatum as a 26-year-old 2014 draft pick.
“Dinwiddie’s first true season in the league was Brown’s rookie year, but he brings more experience as a journeyman and a veteran, relative to a 21-year-old Tatum at least.”