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Celtics Could Reportedly Explore Bradley Beal Trade if Kyrie Irving Leaves

BOSTON, MASSACHUSETTS - MARCH 01: Bradley Beal #3 of the Washington Wizards defends Kyrie Irving #11 of the Boston Celtics during the second half at TD Garden on March 01, 2019 in Boston, Massachusetts. The Celtics defeat the Wizards 107-96. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Maddie Meyer/Getty Images)
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The Boston Celtics are gearing up to see the man who's been their centerpiece the past two seasons (for better or worse) Kyrie Irving walk out the door and explore his options as a free agent. It's already been rumored that Irving could be signing with the Brooklyn Nets, but nothing is set in stone quite yet.

Wherever the mercurial point guard ends up, the Celtics are going to look drastically different next season. Once they lose their superstar, they're going to need someone new to fill his shoes. And to do exactly that, it looks as though Boston could be in the running for one of the most popular trade targets of the 2019 NBA offseason.

Washington Wizards star Bradley Beal has already had his name tied to a number of teams. In the days following the Anthony Davis swap, we've encountered myriad rumors that the Pelicans are interested in adding the 25-year-old All-Star in a trade that could involve the No. 4 overall pick in this year's draft.

Regardless of the rumors, Wizards executives have been adamant that they don't plan on dealing Beal. However, if the Celtics can put together a substantial package to send to Washington (and after all, who has more assets than they do?), things could change.

When, and if, Irving signs with a new team, the Celtics are going to be left with a serious void at the point guard position. If Danny Ainge and the Celtics can put together a deal that heavily benefits the Wizards, they could land their next shooting star right as their previous offensive load-bearer leaves.

Add in the St. Louis connection that Beal shares with Jayson Tatum, and Jaylen Brown plus a sequence of draft picks doesn't sound so ridiculous.