If Brooklyn is intent on landing Beal before he turns 30, the team would almost certainly need to do so through a trade. The 26-year-old is under contract through the 2021-22 season after signing a two-year extension with the Wizards in October. He also owns a $37.2-million player option for the 2022-23 campaign.
The Nets are already over the salary cap, however, and would thus need to match salaries in any trade with the Wizards. Beal is slated to earn approximately $28.7 million next season.
Beal has expressed his desire to spend the rest of his career in D.C. He admitted in March that he hopes to eventually see the team retire his jersey, and said he admires how Kobe Bryant, Dirk Nowitzki, and Dwyane Wade all remained "in one situation for a long time."
But while the two-time All-Star was enjoying a career year when the season was halted and ranks second in league scoring at 30.5 points per game, it hasn't translated to on-court success for the Wizards. Washington currently sits five-and-a-half games out of an Eastern Conference playoff spot with a 24-40 record.