The Knicks target, he got permission to talk to the teams

New York Knicks trade target Bradley Beal had gotten permission from the Washington Wizards to talk about his favorite spots, according to Bleacher Report NBA insider Chris Haynes.

Haynes noted that Beal hadn’t requested a trade, but the Washington Wizards are increasingly likely to be pivoting to rebuild. His no-trade clause gave Beal the power to pick his next team.

Haynes named the Miami Heat and Milwaukee Bucks as the teams he expected to talk to Beal and his agent, Mark Bartelstein. Interestingly, there was no mention of the Knicks.

Knicks writer Fred Katz of The Athletic reported Thursday that “the New York front office has already let the necessary people know that the team would be interested in the former All-NBA guard if he were to be available.”

Beal, who turns 30 on June 28, is coming off an injury-riddled first season of his five-year, $251 million contract.