Bradley Beal, Wizards want to evaluate duo with John Wall before deciding on trade
The esteemed NBA insider appeared on SportsCenter and discussed the Wizards’ next plan of action regarding their two best players. According to Woj, Washington is indeed putting all their chips behind Beal and would like to first test if his partnership with Wall will still work in the 2020-21 campaign. They’ll see their options from there on and explore possible trade destinations–likely for Wall.
"In John Wall's absence, Bradley Beal has become the unquestioned franchise player for [the Wizards]. They're building the organization around him. They want to see what [Beal and Wall] look like together back on the court and go from there."
— ClutchPoints (@ClutchPointsApp) November 24, 2020
Woj just now on SC regarding the Wall situation. Essentially said the Wizards and Beal wanna get a look at how Wall looks on the court and proceed from there. pic.twitter.com/xbqIlVmw2m
— Wizards Film Room (@KevinFolliNBA) November 23, 2020
Reports of trouble brewing in the Wizards’ backcourt has been around for quite a while, with John Wall and Bradley Beal reportedly having chemistry issues off the court. This escalated a few days ago when Wall’s camp allegedly demanded the former Kentucky star to be traded elsewhere.
Wizards GM Tommy Sheppard has already come forward and said they won’t accommodate the disgruntled guard’s request. Bradley Beal, meanwhile, has undeniably become the main man in DC during Wall’s almost two-year absence.
Prior to Wall’s battle with injuries in recent seasons, he was deemed as Washington’s franchise player when they picked him 1st overall in 2010. He was also considered the successor to Gilbert Arenas.
Beal came over two years later and served as Robin to Wall’s Batman before developing into a superstar of his own. The 27-year-old sniper evolved to become one of the best pure scorers in the league, erupting for 30.5 points per game in 2019-20. Beal, himself, has been linked to multiple trade rumors with other contenders, but it looks like the Wizards have no intentions of letting him go for now.