Pelicans expressing trade interest in Wizards guard Beal

Wizards shooting guard Bradley Beal is coming off a season in which he averaged career highs in points and rebounds.

It appears the New Orleans Pelicans don’t intend to stop with the Anthony Davis trade or the No. 1 overall draft pick.

According to Ben Standig of NBC Sports Washington, the Pelicans have a “since interest” in exploring a trade for Washington Wizards shooting guard Bradley Beal as well.

The biggest news of the weekend came when Pelicans chief of basketball operations David Griffin worked out a trade that will send Davis to the Los Angeles Lakers for Lonzo Ball, Brandon Ingram, Josh Hart and three first-round picks. That includes the fourth overall pick in Thursday’s draft.

The Pelicans, it seems, are open to trading that pick.

Meanwhile, the Wizards were said to be determined to keep Beal, but they currently don’t have a general manager, and perhaps their stance could change. They started last season open to dealing everyone, Beal included, ESPN reported.

“The basis for trading Beal centers on maximizing his asset value with two years and $56 million remaining on his original five-year contract signed in 2016,” Standig wrote. “Washington likely struggles next season with fellow guard John Wall out and an evolving roster that currently has only five players with guaranteed contract.”

Beal, 26, is coming off an outstanding season in which he averaged a career-highs of 25.6 points and 5.0 rebounds, and almost single-handedly kept the Wizards in a chase for a playoff spot until the season’s final weeks.