The Los Angeles Lakers are heading into a very important offseason. Fresh off winning their 17th championship in franchise history, the team is facing a litany of player opt outs and potential trades. There is a good chance that LA’s roster in 2020-21 will look dramatically different than the one that just won the title.
This past week, Shannon Sharpe, Skip Bayless and Snoop Dogg all sat down on Fox Sports’ Undisputed to discuss the Lakers’ impressive run and where the organization goes from here.
“We gonna bring some pieces in,” Sharpe said. “Don’t think we set. We not set.”
“You know Bradley Beal just moved to L.A., huh?” Snoop Dogg asked the panel.
“If we get Bradley Beal it’s over for the next three years,” Sharpe replied.
“How are you gonna fit him under the cap?” Bayless countered.
“Don’t worry about it,” Sharpe replied.
“Somebody gotta go,” Snoop Dogg acknowledged.
Snoop Dogg Shannon Sharpe
Beal to Lakers pic.twitter.com/XD05daULYZ
— Quinton Mayo (@RealQuintonMayo) October 13, 2020
One person who seems to be intrigued by the prospect of Beal in Los Angeles? His wife, Kamiah Adams-Beal.
Unnnnnncccccc 😂😂😂 https://t.co/msGSmxlc6k
— Kamiah Adams-Beal (@KamiahAdams) October 15, 2020
So how feasible is Beal wearing purple and gold in the foreseeable future?
First and foremost – Sharpe is right. Beal did recently purchase a beautiful 7,200 square foot mansion with 5 bedrooms and 9 bathrooms for $6.8 million. That said, a rich celebrity moving to LA is hardly an indication that they are joining the Lakers.
The Kyle Kuzma Era is officially coming to an end in Los Angeles. https://t.co/jNb20UAnJr
— Game 7 (@game7__) October 15, 2020
As Bayless alluded to, there are some very real salary cap restrictions at play that preclude any deal for Beal. The Lakers lack the assets or the space to realistically make a trade like this happen.
Of course, that hasn’t stopped Lakers Twitter from going nuts about the move.
🤔Possible offseason plan: (thread)
Re-Sign Boogie Cousins
Trade Danny Green, Kyle Kuzma, Javale McGee, Talen Horton Tucker and 1st rounder for Bradley Beal
Re-Sign Dwight Howard
Re-Sign Markeiff Morris
Re-Sign Rajon Rondo
Get Avery Bradley to opt-in
— AD (@itsmead31) October 15, 2020
I want the lakers to sign Bradley Beal , but if we don’t get him , we should try to get buddy heild! pic.twitter.com/Uk1xBpG0cX
— LAL 2020 NBA champions (@HiiiShaq) October 15, 2020
Would y’all do this to get Bradley Beal ? You also have to think long term also .. pic.twitter.com/nlZq13l6fp
— 👑 DrizzyDre ⚜️ (@Drescott94) October 15, 2020
Me if we don’t get Beal pic.twitter.com/0yirRnqO0Q
— Drew (@dddreww_) October 15, 2020
Lakers get: Bradley Beal
Wizards get: Kyle Kuzma, Danny Green, 28th pick
who wins this trade?
— ethan (@okcfanethan) October 15, 2020
1. try to sign Gallinari
2. explore a Beal trade
3. resign AD, Rondo, KCP
run it back! https://t.co/gMkScbjknP
— ethan (@okcfanethan) October 15, 2020
That said, other Lakers fans understand the reality of the situation.
Niggas thinking Kuzma and Danny green is gonna get them Bradley Beal pic.twitter.com/DkPyvN4Rw9
— YVNG.Hov (@Yvng_Hov_remix) October 15, 2020
Niggas really think they gon get Beal by trading Kyle Kuzma,Danny Green and picks https://t.co/HeBfrkfKAD
— OladipShow🐐 (@OladipShow) October 15, 2020
Lakers fans are hilarious. They win a title and now they’re like “Ok. Offseason moves. Re-sign AD. Trade Javale McGee and a can of tuna for Bradley Beal. Bring Wilt back to life to replace Javale. Put Dwight in a time machine back to 2007. Clone LeBron 3 times.”
— Adam Zopf (@adamzopf) October 15, 2020
If you think the wizards are trading Beal for kuzma and Danny green lmaoo https://t.co/24SwlV0xkm
— John (@iam_johnw) October 15, 2020
the lakers have no young assets which is what a rebuilding team like the wizards would need. the draft picks would be even more worthless because beal would allow the lakers to sweep the rest of the nba for the next 10 years.
— CT (@ChrstianTran) October 15, 2020
Bottom line — barring the Wizards front office actively attempting to sabotage the franchise, there is no scenario in which they will do a deal with the Lakers.
The pieces on LA’s side simply are not there.
Would it be fun to see Beal alongside LeBron James and Anthony Davis? Absolutely. Will it happen? Definitely not.