Celtics listed as betting favorite to land Bradley Beal

Bradley Beal could make a splash this offseason.

Online sports betting company SportsBetting.ag this week published odds for the next landing spot for the three-time All-Star Beal. Surprisingly, they listed the Boston Celtics as favorites to land Beal at odds of 3-1. The Portland Trail Blazers (4-1), Miami Heat (5-1), Brooklyn Nets (6-1) and Atlanta Hawks (7-1) round out the top five on the list.

Beal, 28, can be an unrestricted free agent by turning down his player option for next season. He has spent his entire 10-year career with the Washington Wizards but this week revealed he has made a decision about his future. That has led to speculation that Beal could leave Washington.

The Celtics landing Beal would be a stunner, especially since they were just two wins away from a championship with their current core. Bringing in another high-volume scorer like Beal would mean a serious identity shift for Boston, and they already have a $149 million salary for next season, right around the luxury tax apron.

Still, a sign-and-trade for Beal is a possibility if the Celtics agree to sell plays like Derrick White (who owes $16.9 million next season), Daniel Theis ($8.7 million) or even giving up Marcus Smart ($17.2 million). Also of note is that Beal appears to be close to one of Boston’s stars.

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