The Washington Wizards are in serious talks with two finalists – the Miami Heat and Phoenix Suns – on a Bradley Beal trade, according to Shams Charania of The Athletic.
Charania adds that the Suns have emerged as a serious threat for Beal, who holds a no-trade clause.
Beal's no-trade clause gives him a lot of power, as he can force his way to a specific team even if they don't have the best offer.
No-trade clauses are incredibly rare in the modern NBA, as Beal is the only active player with this kind of clause in his contract (and he's one of just 10 players in NBA history to have one).
The last time we saw a player use a no-trade clause to force his way to a certain destination was when Carmelo Anthony gave the New York Knicks a wish list of teams he'd be willing to waive his no-trade clause to join. Eventually, he agreed to waive his no-trade clause and accept a trade to the Oklahoma City Thunder.
It remains to be seen what Miami and Phoenix are offering for Beal, but the fact that he has a no-trade clause likely means the return won't be as significant as other recent blockbuster trades.
Beal is a three-time All-Star who averaged 23.2 points, 5.4 assists, 3.9 rebounds and 1.6 threes this season with Washington, while shooting 50.6% from the field, 36.5% from three and 84.2% from the free-throw line.