Report: Bradley Beal ‘as angry as he’s ever been’ with Wizards
The Wizards just lost a Wednesday night tilt against the Chicago Bulls, one that sparked some frustration in the locker room. Yet Beal was visibly “angry” and “emotional” the day after — likely a byproduct of the losses piling up.
“A source who was also there told me Thursday that Beal was as angry with and emotional about his team as he’s ever been since being drafted by the Wizards in 2012,” wrote Aldridge.
Beal recently returned from an injury but has seen his team struggle with or without him, mustering only 13 wins by the halfway point of the season.
The 26-year-old, who is averaging a career-high 27.6 points, 4.7 rebounds, and 6.5 assists per game, signed a two-year maximum extension with the team in the summer — a sign of his commitment to the franchise, while also maintaining some flexibility for a potential supermax deal in the near future.
Beal inked the two-year, $72 million extension under the premise that the team would urge a culture of competitiveness and accountability — two things Beal has yet to see within this team halfway through the season.
The Florida native hasn’t been short of outbursts himself. Only last year Beal yelled at then-president Ernie Grunfeld, telling him he’d been “dealing with this s**t for seven years — it starts top down.”
While Beal has a strong relationship with new GM Tommy Sheppard, the relationship can only go so far as Beal spends his best days mired in the depths of the Eastern Conference, unable to reap the fruits of his talents.
It’s tough to know if Bradley Beal’s recent outburst is one that will force some change to the roster during the trade deadline, but the Wizards haven’t made a compelling case to secure his services thus far as they patiently await the return of John Wall from Achilles surgery.