Bradley Beal’s status with the Washington Wizards is very much up in the air right now. Some close to the star believe he plans to continue remaining loyal to the organization, others think he is seriously contemplating demanding a trade.
Beal is currently under contract for $34.5 million next season with a player option for 2022-23.
This past week, a report surfaced that Beal was thinking about asking for a trade prior to this week’s 2021 NBA Draft, and that four serious suitors are in the running for his services.
On Sunday, Beal offered something of a cryptic response to the speculation:
So is all the trade chatter really untrue the way Beal seems to be suggesting? Probably not.
Where there’s smoke, there’s fire – and there has been a lot of smoking emanating from the Wizards in recent weeks. Clearly all parties involved can understand at this point that Washington, as presently constructed, is still a long ways away from winning a title. If Beal wants to win, he’ll have to go elsewhere.
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Beal is currently coming off of his best season to date, having posted career highs in scoring and efficiency with 31.3 points per game on 48.5 percent shooting from the field. His value is at an all-time high right now, and the Wizards will arguably never command a greater return for the 28-year-old.
If Beal does get dealt, Russell Westbrook to the Los Angeles Lakers will likely be the next domino to drop.
From there, the Wizards will officially be able to commence with the rebuild that they should’ve started on two years ago.