The New Orleans Pelicans now have a war chest of young players and draft assets after trading Anthony Davis to the Lakers for Lonzo Ball, Brandon Ingram, Josh Hart, and three first-round picks, including the No. 4 pick in Thursday's NBA Draft.
NBC Sports Washington's Ben Standig also reported the Pelicans explored the idea of acquiring Beal. But like Charania, Standig says the Wizards are reluctant to deal their star guard.
"Whatever the initial parameters, the conversation never veered close to actual negotiations, according to a source," he continued. "This one rejection does not mean Washington has completely shut the door on future talks with teams. However, the sense from league sources is the team plans on keeping Beal despite ample interest from contenders."
"So as much as it would pain me as a Wizards fan to deal Beal, I think that's the move that Tommy Sheppard and everybody else in that room is gonna have to consider, especially before the draft on Thursday."