The Washington Wizards were blown out by the New Orleans Pelicans 124-106 on Wednesday night. Bradley Beal scored 47 points and dished out six assists in the losing effort.
Over the last six games Beal’s scoring totals have been as follows: 47 points, 33 points, 31 points, 34 points, 41 points and 60 points. His team’s record in that span? 1-5.
Following the Wizards’ most recent defeat, Beal’s wife, Kamiah Adams-Beal, took to social media to express her frustration.
She was not happy.
Sick of it
— Kamiah Adams-Beal (@KamiahAdams) January 28, 2021
Kamiah is not alone in her thinking. Beal is averaging a league-leading 35.4 points per game, and many believe it’s time to “free him” and send him somewhere where he can actually win. The Los Angeles Lakers have emerged as a popular candidate.
Earlier this week, ESPN NBA analyst Kendrick Perkins suggested two possible trade options for Beal: the Miami Heat and Philadelphia 76ers.
— Kendrick Perkins (@KendrickPerkins) January 27, 2021
While the Sixers seem like an unlikely destination due to their reluctance to include Ben Simmons in any deal, Miami has long since been considered a likely suitor for Beal’s services. The organization desperately wants him – should he actually become available.
After Wednesday night’s disappointment, Beal was asked during the postgame media session whether he wanted to remain with the Wizards.
An NFL player demanded that his GF bow to him. When she didn’t, he snapped. https://t.co/13JEh4tS5q
— Game 7 (@game7__) January 27, 2021
“This is why I stayed, I want to win [here]… it’s tough [losing],” he said, per Chase Hughes of NBC Sports.
This aligns with what Beal has said in the past. He has been consistent in his desire to stay with the Wizards and win – but at some point his hand may end up getting forced. This franchise has few means to improve, and Beal isn’t getting any younger.
Karl-Anthony Towns’ reaction to Jordyn Woods’ Buss It video speaks for itself.
— Game 7 (@game7__) January 26, 2021
In the coming days, weeks and months Beal will need to make a choice: stay with the team and hope that somewhere down the line they improve, or pull a James Harden and demand your way out.
Which option will he ultimately choose? Time will tell.