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The Miami Heat is considered as a legitimate candidate if ever star shooting guard Bradley Beal decides to part ways with the Washington Wizards. 

In the latest inside note of Shams Charania of The Athletic and Stadium, team circles within the league are looking at the Heat as a strong nominee to land the 28-year-old All-star, as the franchise continues to boast a good rich mixture of a championship-calibre squad that is composed of reliable veterans and promising young core. In order for Beal to join the South Beach squad, a sign-and-trade with the Wizards has to occur. 

However, the Heat are seen as a legitimate suitor for Beal should he elect to seek a new home, multiple sources said. The Heat have a veteran, championship-ready core in Jimmy Butler, Bam Adebayo, Kyle Lowry, Victor Oladipo and P.J. Tucker, as well as talented young players in Tyler Herro, Max Strus and Caleb Martin. Miami would need to complete a sign-and-trade to acquire Beal. Overall, teams will continue to keep an eye on the Heat as a legitimate threat to add talent in the years to come.

Currently, Beal is out for the remainder of the season because of his wrist injury. But he admitted earlier this month that it is “fair” to assume that he’ll sign a hefty $241 million contract extension with Washington in the offseason once he waive off the player option he got in his present contract. 

As such, things will be busy again following the postseason and time will only tell the chances of Beal leaving the D. C.