Rumor: Wizards star Bradley Beal the driving force behind John Wall-for-Russell Westbrook trade talks
There was recently a rumor involving the Washington Wizards and Houston Rockets talking about a potential John Wall-for-Russell Westbrook swap. If Bill Simmons is to be believed, Wizards star Bradley Beal was the one pushing for Westbrook to come aboard.
“I thought Westbrook was going to Washington. And I had heard that Bradley Beal was driving the Westbrook thing and that they were actually going to include a pick potentially and it wasn’t just a one-for-one that they were actually putting in more.”
Before Wall got hurt in 2018, he was the face of the franchise. However, Wall’s extended absence eventually eased Beal into the driver’s seat for the franchise, where he has made a name for himself as the Wizards’ new lead guard.
Last season, the former Florida Gator averaged career-best numbers of 30.5 points and 6.1 assists along with 4.2 rebounds in 57 appearances for the team. Despite his breakout performance, he was still snubbed from the All-Star Game in the 2019-2020 season.
Wall reportedly recently requested a trade after the trade rumor involving Westbrook leaked. Wizards general manager Tommy Sheppard claims there’s no intention to make a deal, and the point guard had no comment on the matter when he was asked about it this week.
While there has reportedly been beef in the past, it seems hard to believe Beal would try to push Wall out the door now after expressing excitement about playing with him again. A recent report suggested Beal wants to see how Wall looks when he returns from his injury before doing anything drastic.
On the other hand, Westbrook has also requested a trade. However, the market for the former MVP isn’t all that strong, even though he averaged 27.2 points, 7.9 rebounds, and 7.0 assists in 57 games played last season.
As it stands today, all names mentioned are still staying put with their respective teams. However, the coming days will see if the situation will indeed change and if a blockbuster trade will completely alter the fate of both teams ahead of the 2020-2021 NBA season.