Although the Boston Celtics haven’t made any major moves on a free transfer, other teams have been busy. Tons of deals dropped on the first night of the free agent, including some particularly big deals.
The most prominent of the free agency deals that occurred on the free agent’s first night was Bradley Beal’s re-sign with the Washington Wizards. Beal signed a five-year, $251 million contract, according to ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski.
After signings went down, Celtics superstar Jayson Tatum took to Twitter to congratulate Beal. The two are longtime friends, as they both grew up in St. Louis, and Beal used to take care of him when they were children.
“DAAAAAMMNNNNNN! So happy for my big brother. You deserve to win…. LET ME KEEP A DOLL,” Tatum tweeted.
Beal is an unrestricted freelance agent for the first time in his career but has chosen to move back to Washington. He’s been a Mage his entire career so far, and it looks like he could spend the rest of his tournament time there.
While Beal eventually returned to Washington, he has been linked with the Celtics in the past.
Celtics can get Beal in the future
Back on June 21, Ryan McDonough, former GM of the Phoenix Suns, spoke to NBC Sports Boston about a potential move from Beal-to-Boston. He said that while it may not be an imminent possibility, it could happen in the future.
“I think the Celtics can buy Beal, but I think the way that will happen is a deal by the end of the trade or next season,” McDonough explained. “I think it’s very unlikely that Beal will wear a Celtics uniform to start this season.”
McDonough was right, as Beal will now return to Washington in one of the biggest deals in NBA history. He will be the star of the show for the Wizards, and they are focused on getting a well-equipped team around him to compete for the playoffs.
However, just because Beal will be in Washington and not Boston next year doesn’t mean he still won’t be friends with Tatum. The two have a very long relationship, and Tatum even had a special message for Beal back in early June.
Tatum sends a sincere message to Beal
Beal did an interview with Bleacher Report’s Taylor Rooks in early June, and during the discussion, the Wizards star received a touching message from his childhood friend.
“Without you, it wouldn’t be me,” Tatum said in the video message. “You don’t get enough credit, but I always credit you… my big brother, man, I appreciate you. You know it’s all love.”
The two will continue to play against each other, making it an interesting matchup whenever the Celtics take on the Wizards. There’s still time for Beal to join Tatum in Boston in the future, but for now, he’ll focus his efforts on helping the Wizards compete for the playoffs.
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