Bradley Beal’s agent fires back at rumors of trade to Nets from Wizards
Washington Wizards star shooting guard Bradley Beal was rumored to be involved in trade discussions with the Brooklyn Nets, who seek a third star to pair with All-Stars forward Kevin Durant and point guard Kyrie Irving.
Beal’s agent, Mark Bartelstein, however, vehemently denied the “Beal sweepstakes” or any desire to be traded by the Wizards, per Adam Zagoria of Forbes.
“There are no Beal Sweepstakes and that’s why he re-signed with the Wizards,” Mark Bartelstein said. “Brad re-signed with the Wizards because he wanted to stay in Washington and the Wizards wanted to keep him there.”
Beal signed a two-year, $72 million contract extension with the Southeast Division club in October 2019 — a surprising move given the state of the Wizards, who also find All-Star point guard John Wall sidelined with an Achilles injury for the entire 2019-20 campaign.
The 26-year-old guard has been the subject of several trade rumors in the past year or so, with previous reports even linking him with the Los Angeles Lakers.
The Nets have a reason for possibly pursuing Bradley Beal though, especially after they struggled without Durant this season and with Irving hobbled with a shoulder injury. Brooklyn’s front office could take an aggressive approach in order to maximize the franchise’s window for championship contention with Kyrie and KD.
Beal, the third overall selection by the Wizards in the 2012 NBA Draft, was averaging a career-best 30.5 points and 6.1 assists along with 4.2 rebounds and 1.2 steals per game before the 2019-20 season was suspended. The pillar of the Wizards at the moments, especially with Wall out, moving Beal could award Washington a huge sum in return during their quasi-rebuild.