Phoenix Suns Land All-Star Bradley Beal: How Does it Affect the Betting Odds?

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Phoenix Suns Land All-Star Bradley Beal: How Does it Affect the Betting Odds?
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The first blockbuster move of the NBA offseason occurred over the weekend with the Phoenix Suns receiving three-time All-Star guard Bradley Beal from the Washington Wizards. 

In exchange for Beal, the Suns traded Chris Paul, Landry Shamet and multiple second-round picks to the Wizards. 

According to ESPN, Guard Jordan Goodwin and forward Isaiah Todd are also going to the Suns. 

With Beal, the trade now gives the Suns the league’s latest iteration of a Big Three with Devin Booker and Kevin Durant. Durant was second in the league in scoring at 27.3 points per contest, while Booker ranked 11th at 23.9 and Beal was 17th after averaging 22.4 points per game. 

The trade has yet to go through and the Suns still have to finalize the rest of their roster, but here’s an early look at the NBA betting odds after the trade. 

Phoenix Suns' NBA Title Odds Fall Slightly

Sportsbooks don’t see Beal as a large enough talent to shift the NBA futures betting market. 

Phoenix was +700 at FanDuel Sportsbook to win the 2023-24 title last week and that number has fallen slightly to +650 following the Beal news. The Suns are also the same +650 to win it all at DraftKings Sportsbook

Besides Durant, Booker and Deandre Ayton, the rest of the Suns' roster remains in flux. Only guard Cameron Payne and forward Ishmail Wainright are currently on the roster. The rest of the roster will likely be filled out with veterans who want to chase a ring with the Suns’ established core. 

In addition to putting together almost an entirely new roster, the Suns have to get acclimated to new coach Frank Vogel. All of the uncertainty surrounding the Suns likely contribute to the minimal odds movement we’ve seen this offseason. 

Where Could Chris Paul Go?

The trade will take time to go official as Washington looks to take offers for Paul and allow him to go to a contender. Washington could look to make it a three-team trade and involve one of Paul’s suitors, or attempt to buy out Paul and let him become a free agent. 

Pau is 38 years old and has struggled with injuries recently. Despite being older, slower and a defensive liability, Paul still has enough creativity and basketball acumen to facilitate an offense. Paul is still an asset in the pick-and-roll given his mid-range jumper. 

Wherever Paul goes, he’s no longer the caliber of player that would be enough to shift the odds in the NBA futures market. 

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