KEY POINTS

  • Wizards will want good return from Clippers for Bradley Beal
  • George, Williams unlikely to interest Wizards
  • Beal house purchase in Los Angeles could hint at LA move but in the future

The Los Angeles Clippers need to figure out their next move, although getting a new head coach is at the top of the list. After that, there is a question being thrown around surrounding Paul George. Should he stay or be traded for multiple players?

George produced numbers for the Clippers last season but his impact was hardly felt. One reason singled out by pundits is that he and Kawhi Leonard played similar positions. Now, speculations are growing on a potential trade coming.

Renee Washington of the daily Locked On Wizards Podcast made an interesting fake trade that would involve Bradley Beal. The transaction would include George's teammate Lou Williams, someone who has won the NBA Sixth Man award three times.

But as far as the TV personality is concerned, it may make no sense. George has been hit for disappearing in the playoffs and Washington did not think highly of the three-time NBA Sixth Man of the Year awardee. For her, Williams is a role player and someone unlikely to help lead a franchise.

So even if a trade for Beal were on the table, it may take more than George and Williams. The 6-foot-8 forward could make sense if Washington is willing to give him a chance. But for someone in the caliber of Bradley Beal, the Clippers need to offer better assets if the deal is being considered.

George will be a player that most will monitor this NBA offseason. Most feel that he and Leonard will not work especially if they are on the floor at the same time. But that could depend on who will take over from Doc Rivers who was fired but is now with the Philadelphia 76ers.

One guy who has not given up on George is Leonard. Despite the six-time All-Star's struggles in the playoffs, the two-time NBA champion is not giving up on the 10th overall pick of the 2010 NBA Draft per SI.com. Most of the criticism cropped up when George was missing shots for a string of games.

"Just tell him to keep going," Leonard said. "His time is coming."

As for Beal, most are associating a move to Los Angeles after the 27-year-old bought a $6.8 million mansion in the Venice neighborhood, James McClain of Variety reported. The purchase has spurred the belief that the two-time NBA All-Star may be moving to Los Angeles in the future but with the Lakers. Most may have forgotten that the Clippers are also in LA.

Bradley Beal Bradley Beal could end up being the next franchise player of the Washington Wizards. Bradley Beal #3 of the Washington Wizards looks on against the Golden State Warriors in the first half at Capital One Arena on January 24, 2019 in Washington, DC. Photo: Getty Images/Rob Carr