Davis pursuit on hold, Lakers said to covet Wizards’ Beal

Bradley Beal of the Wizards drives to the basket. File photo

With their pursuit of Anthony Davis in “on hold” status, at best, the Los Angeles Lakers are expected to cast their eyes elsewhere (for now, anyway) when it comes to the trade market.

With their attempt to sway the New Orleans Pelicans to send Davis their way to join LeBron James in Hollywood having failed and the resulting hanging out to dry of everyone on their roster, with the exception of James, expect the Lakers to pursue other avenues.

One such route could be is making a run at Bradley Beal, according to Sean Deveney of Sporting News.

Though the Wizards would not likely make a deal the size of moving a player the level of Beal before they hire a new man to run their basketball operations, Los Angeles could be in a position to offer an attractive package if Beal is made a available, perhaps dangling a package including their No. 4 overall pick in the NBA Draft in June and Kyle Kuzma or Lonzo Ball.

Beal, who will turn 26 on June 23, is coming off a second-straight season in which he made the All-Star Game.

He averaged career-highs in points (25.6), rebounds (3.9), assists (5.5), steals (1.5) and blocked shots (0.7) while leading the NBA in minutes played (36.9) in playing all 82 games for the second season in a row for the Wizards, shooting 47.5 percent from the field, 35.1 percent from beyond the 3-point line and 80.8 percent from the free-throw line.

Beal, the third overall picked of the 2012 draft out of the University of Florida, has three seasons remaining on a five-year, $127 million contract signed July 26, 2016.