Wizards’ Bradley Beal says trade is a ‘two-way feel’
After Friday’s trade debacle, the Washington Wizards were finally able to agree upon a deal with the Phoenix Suns to acquire veteran small forward Trevor Ariza. Wizards shooting guard Bradley Beal says he’s happy to see Ariza back on the team, but sad to see swingman Kelly Oubre and combo guard Austin Rivers go.
The Wizards traded Oubre and Rivers to the Suns in exchange for Ariza, who played two seasons with Washington and was instrumental in helping the team get to the playoffs for the first time in years. Bradley Beal says he has talked to Ariza, Oubre and Rivers since the trade went through.
Bradley Beal on the #Wizards trade: “It’s kind of a two-way feel. You never want to see guys you’ve built a relationship with go but we’re getting Trev back… in that aspect I’m definitely happy about that.”
Beal said he’s communicated with Ariza, Oubre & Rivers today.
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Oubre and Rivers traveled back with the Wizards on Friday after the team lost to the Brooklyn Nets, which Beal says was really awkward. The sharpshooter did say both players handled the situation like professionals.
In two seasons with the Wizards, Ariza averaged 12.3 points while shooting 44.2 percent from the field and 39.3 percent from beyond the arc in 133 regular season games. Ariza will give Washington an elite perimeter defender and a player who can stretch the floor and hit 3s when point guard John Wall collapses the paint on his drives to the basket.
Beal has been teammates with Oubre for four seasons, so it’s not hard to see why he is hurt to see Oubre leave. Rivers and Beal only played together for 29 games, so they aren’t as close, but it was still tough for Beal to see the guard depart.