Wizards’ Bradley Beal reveals future plans amid Lakers trade hubbub
Two-time All-Star Bradley Beal has been with the Washington Wizards since 2012, when the team drafted him with the No. 3 overall pick. Recently, there have been reports indicating that the 27-year-old shooting guard could be on his way to Los Angeles to play for the Lakers. It sounds like an interesting scenario—teaming up with LeBron James and Anthony Davis. However, it sounds like Beal is considering a longer stay in D.C.
Beal, who signed a two-year, $72 million extension with the Wizards last October, with a player option in 2022-23, recently joined the “On the Road with Buck & Phil” podcast to discuss his plans for the future. During the interview, he noted that it would “mean the world” to finish his career in D.C.
“That would mean the world, man,” Beal said, via HoopsHype. “I’m a loyal guy. I want to be here. I’m here. I’ve signed my extension. And that will mean the world to me. That honestly would you know, being able to finish your career in one place? You know, you don’t see that in today’s game.”
Interestingly, Beal also hinted at the possibility of luring more talent to the Wizards’ roster:
“So that would definitely be an honor, you know, but my ultimate goal is to win,” Beal added. “I want to win and we got to win. And I know we can win. I know it’s a place where we can win and I know it’s a place where we can get guys to come here to win. But we got to go prove it on the floor for sure.”
It sounds like Beal would be content to stay with the Wizards, despite the fact that the team has missed the playoffs in each of the past two seasons. Just keep in mind that he’ll be eligible for free agency in 2022, and there will likely be teams interested in his services.
On the bright side, the Wizards are expected to have John Wall back for the start of next season. Wall missed the entire 2019-20 season recovering from his Achilles tear.
For now, we’ll have to wait and see if Beal finishes his career in D.C.