Bradley Beal’s wife Kamiah Adams-Beal took to social media on Wednesday to address a particularly popular rumor that had been going around.
Over the past week, multiple sources have reported that a rift had formed between John Wall and the Washington Wizards. Some, like Shams Charania of The Athletic, suggested that Wall had asked for a trade. Others reported that it was Washington who was looking to move Wall.
Additional fuel was thrown on the fire on Tuesday when Bill Simmons suggested that he heard Beal was pushing for Wall to be moved, and that the 27-year-old hoped his team would get Russell Westbrook in return.
“I thought Westbrook was going to Washington,” Simmons said.
“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.”
Kamiah did not take kindly to that assertion.
To Kamiah’s point, the reporting around a potential Wall trade has been very inconsistent.
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This week, ESPN NBA insider Zach Lowe reported that “exploratory” talks were held between the Wizards and Detroit Pistons centering around a Wall-for-Blake Griffin swap, but nothing got off the ground.
Shortly thereafter team general manager Tommy Sheppard came out and suggested that Wall had not requested a trade and that there were no issues between him and the franchise.
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“There’s not issues with John and I, there’s no issues with John and the Wizards,” he said.
So are the Wizards holding trade talks or not? It sure seems like they are.
The crux of the issue here is that the Wizards don’t know what they are going to get out of Wall going forward. Injuries have kept him out of action for nearly two consecutive seasons and he is on the books for $133 million over the next three years.
At his best and healthiest, Wall is one of the most electrifying guards in the NBA. And by all accounts, he has looked fantastic in offseason workouts.
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But if he isn’t at his best, or if he gets hurt again, then Wall is simply an impediment to Beal’s development.
Last year Beal averaged a career-best 30.5 points, 6.1 assists and 4.2 rebounds in 57 outings. Despite his consistently stellar showings, he was snubbed from the All-NBA team because of his team’s poor performance. That annoyed both him and his wife.
The Wizards are trying to walk a delicate line right now. They hope that Wall will recover and go back to being his old self, but know that Beal will only be patient for so long. He is too good of a player to waste his career away in Washington while the Wizards try to get their act together.
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If Kamiah is speaking out on social media and displaying how frustrated she is with all the rumors, it’s safe to assume Beal feels the same way.
One way or another, the Wizards need to chart a path forward.
Will they be able to do that successfully? Time will tell.