Wizards still have no intention of trading Bradley Beal
Bradley Beal’s name has come up in several trade rumors of late. However, according to NBA insider Jeff Goodman, the Washington Wizards are not even considering shipping off their prized two-guard.
Bradley Beal isn’t going anywhere. Washington Wizards have no intention of dealing Beal.
— Jeff Goodman (@GoodmanHoops) June 20, 2019
Beal is coming off his best season as a pro, with averages of 25.6 points (on 47.5 percent shooting), 2.5 three-pointers, 5.0 rebounds, 5.5 assists, 1.5 steals, and 0.7 blocks in 36.9 minutes per contest. The 25-year-old experienced a significant uptick in his usage rate following the season-ending injury of backcourt partner John Wall. For his efforts, Beal has been rewarded with two consecutive All-Star nods over the past two seasons.
Beal will be entering the fourth season of his five-year deal in the upcoming season, and he is expected to earn upwards of $55 million in the next couple of years. Now that the Wizards have reportedly made it clear that they intend to keep Beal, an extension offer should be looming.
It would be prudent for Washington to have the former University of Florida standout put pen to paper on an extension at the soonest possible time. The last thing they want would be for Beal to walk away from the team as a free agent by the end of the 2020-21 season.
Despite Beal’s emergence as one of the top shooting guards in the league, however, the Wizards have continued to struggle as a team. This is probably why some analysts believe that the team’s front office has already considered pressing the reset button on their roster by offloading Beal and/or Wall for future assets. This does not look to be the case at the moment, though, with the Wizards reportedly fully content on their current core.