Team USA is full of star players, some of whom have uncertain futures with their NBA teams.
Bradley Beal is among them, and the upcoming trip to Tokyo could be the perfect opportunity for Boston Celtics star Jayson Tatum to recruit the Washington Wizards guard.
And Beal readily admits NBA futures will be a topic of conversation among Team USA players.
“I do not know (how often). Probably a lot, ”Beal said Wednesday via MassLive. “Depends on who is the free agent or not, but for the most part we can not mix it in right now. We are focused on one goal at hand and that is to bring back the gold medal. Granted, we all have our respective individual goals and talents. Once this is done, we can solve these problems then. For the most part, we keep that U.S. basketball, and our main focus is to get the gold. ”
The Wizards star will be a free agent after next season and has for a while been a frequent topic of trade rumors with Washington apparently going nowhere. It is certainly possible that the Wizards could choose to move him this offseason so they avoid letting him leave for pretty much nothing next summer.
This is especially noteworthy as Tatum is close friends with Beal and both are on the Olympic list. Tatum had recruited Kemba Walker two years ago during a Nike campaign, and he may be able to play salesman again this summer.