Over the past three seasons, Washington Wizards shooting guard Bradley Beal has established himself as a superstar in the NBA. However, the former Florida Gator has struggled to lead the Wizards to wins since John Wall only played in 32 games during the 2018-19 season and missed the entire 2019-20 campaign.
The Wizards traded Wall to the Houston Rockets for Russell Westbrook before the 2020 season. Despite Westbrook and Beal putting up stellar numbers, Washington is on pace to miss the postseason for the third straight campaign.
Since he’s a star player on a losing team, Bradley Beal’s name comes up in trade rumors almost every week. That, and some other factors, is bothering the All-Star guard behind the scenes.
Bradley Beal doesn’t want the Wizards to trade him
According to Shams Charania and Fred Katz of The Athletic, Bradley Beal “has so far expressed he wants to remain in Washington and has not indicated he prefers to be traded.” The two-time All-Star is under contract for one more season after the 2020-21 campaign. Beal and his wife enjoy living in D.C. and don’t want to pack up and move since their kids are settling in.
In 15 games this season for the Wizards, Beal is averaging 34.9 points, 5.1 rebounds, and 4.7 assists while shooting 47.9% from the field, 34.0% from beyond the arc, and 89.1% from the free-throw line. However, Washingon is only 4-12.
Many fans believe Bradley Beal should request a trade to compete for a championship instead of wasting his prime years on the Wizards. That narrative is really starting to irritate the 27-year-old since he wants to emulate what Dirk Nowitzki did with the Dallas Mavericks.
Bradley Beal feels he’s getting nitpicked for choosing to stay with the Wizards
Bradley Beal wants to channel his inner Dirk Nowitzki by spending his entire career with one franchise. Nowitzki could have left the Mavs several times during his legendary career, but he chose to stay with Dallas and remain loyal to the city and fans.
Nowitzki was applauded for staying with the Mavs. However, Beal is getting bashed by fans and pundits for not requesting a trade from the Wizards, and it’s beginning to frustrate him. The Athletic reports that Beal “feels he’s getting nitpicked for choosing to stay in D.C.”
Barring a miracle, Beal is never going to win a title with the Wizards. He and Russell Westbrook are a lethal dynamic duo, but Beal and the former MVP don’t have enough talent around them to compete for a championship.
Nowitzki won the 2011 championship over the Miami Heat for his lone title. The future Hall of Famer is one of the most respected players in NBA history since he never left the Mavs to create a super team with Kobe Bryant, Tim Duncan, or Kevin Garnett.
Since Dirk Nowitzki was praised for staying loyal to the Mavs, Bradley Beal is confused about not receiving the same treatment from the public for his decision to remain with the Wizards.
The Lakers, Clippers, and Heat want the Wizards star
The LA Lakers, LA Clippers, and Miami Heat want to trade for Bradley Beal. However, the Wizards aren’t taking any trade calls on their franchise player.
If Washington doesn’t make the playoffs this season, Beal could change his mind and request a trade in the offseason of 2021. However, for now, it appears the St. Louis native is going to try and do everything he can to spend his entire career in D.C.
Stats courtesy of Basketball Reference.