Wizards’ definitive stance on trading Bradley Beal revealed
Despite being one of the top shooting guards in the league today, Washington Wizards All-Star Bradley Beal continues to see his name floating around in numerous trade rumors. As it turns out, however, the Wizards are intent in keeping their star — at least for the time being.
This reports comes from The Athletic’s David Aldridge.
No. At least not this summer. Wizards have zero interest in moving Beal, and certainly aren’t going to even think about doing so until he and Wall play together again for a season.
Beal has been having a career year this season, averaging a career-best 30.5 points per game on 45.5 percent shooting, along with 4.2 rebounds, 6.1 assists (also a career-high), and 1.2 steals, while also connecting on 3.0 triples per game on a 35.3-percent clip. The 26-year-old has stepped up for the Wizards in the absence of his backcourt buddy, John Wall, who incidentally, is expected to be fully fit by the start of next season.
It is interesting to note, however, that the report above clearly states that the Wizards are not completely closing the door on parting ways with Beal in the future. They will be fighting off any and all offers this coming offseason, but beyond that remains to be an open-ended story.
Beal is still in contract with the Wizards until 2023 (the 2022-23 season is a player option), so Washington still has some time to assess its options. Then again, they will need to make a decision within the next year or so. Trading away Beal will almost certainly mark a roster overhaul, so this approach will likely take off once the front office decides to pull the plug on the Wall-Beal era in Washington.