However, the Wizards only have six wins on the 2020-21 season. Barring a big turnaround, Washington is on its way to missing the playoffs for the third straight season despite Beal’s heroics.
Every NBA contender has likely called the Wizards about a Bradley Beal trade in an attempt to save the All-Star guard. However, Beal’s agent’s recent comments about the Wizards superstar should scare all those teams.
Bradley Beal signed a two-year, $71.8 million extension with the Wizards in 2019
In October of 2019, Bradley Beal shocked many people in the NBA by signing a two-year, $71.8 million extension with the Wizards. The two-time All-Star can’t enter free agency until the offseason of 2022.
During the 2019-20 season, Beal averaged 30.5 points, 4.2 rebounds, and 6.1 assists per game. However, the Wizards missed the playoffs, and Beal didn’t make the All-Star team or one of the three All-NBA squads.
Before the 2020-21 campaign, the Wizards traded John Wall to the Houston Rockets for Russell Westbrook. Beal was excited to play with the former MVP, but thus far, Washington has looked awful with Westbrook on the court. The Wizards are 2-13 when Westbrook plays and 4-3 without the explosive guard in the lineup.
Beal is averaging 32.8 points, which is first in the NBA. The D.C. franchise, though, is in 14th place in the Eastern Conference standings. Many NBA fans believe Beal needs to request a trade from the Wizards so he can play on a winning team and compete for a championship.
However, based on what Bradley Beal’s agent told Ben Rohrbach of Yahoo Sports, that likely won’t happen.
Bradley Beal wants to win with the Wizards
Mark Bartelstein of Priority Sports & Entertainment, who has represented Bradley Beal since the guard entered the NBA, says the Florida product won’t quit on the Wizards franchise. That is good news for Washington fans but bad news for contenders who want to acquire Beal.
“He doesn’t want to quit on something,” Bartelstein told Yahoo Sports. “He’s an incredibly loyal guy, and he wants to always feel like he’s done everything he can to help something or someone be successful. It’s the way he was raised and what his values are based upon. It’s ingrained in him. It’s what makes him, in my mind, so unique. He’s all about the right things. It’s the team that drafted him, the team that’s invested in him, and he desperately wants to make them a championship contender. He wants to make it happen. That’s the way he is. He’s not looking for the easy way out. He challenges himself. The evolution of his game speaks volumes about how committed he is and how hard he works.”
The NBA has seen several stars request trades and leave in free agency for greener pastures. All Beal has to do is request a trade, and odds are the Wizards will accommodate him and send him to a winning team.
However, Bradley Beal doesn’t want to take the easy route. It will earn him points with Wizards fans, but it will ultimately cost the St. Louis native a title since Washington won’t win a championship anytime soon.
Will the stellar scorer ever come to his senses?
Before he becomes a free agent, will Bradley Beal come to his senses and realize he’s wasting his prime years with the Wizards? Loyalty is a fantastic trait to have in life, but Beal needs to understand that Washington doesn’t have what it takes to win an NBA championship.
If Beal wants to remain with the Wizards his entire career, more power to him. However, when he gets older and looks back on his NBA career, he may regret not joining a contender when he glances at his trophy case at home and doesn’t see the Larry O’Brien Trophy.
Stats courtesy of Basketball Reference.