HoopsHype Bradley Beal rumors

December 11, 2014 Updates

And by the end of the period, thanks to a six-point run by John Wall, a series of defensive stops in the waning moments, and a perfectly executed inbounds play to win the game with 0.8 seconds remaining, the Wizards departed Florida with their second implausible victory in a row. “I think we are doing a great job staying poised and calm down the stretch,” said Bradley Beal, who laid the ball in on Andre Miller’s lob pass to win the game. “It would be a lot better if we could avoid those situations as much as possible, but whenever we are we do a great job not panicking, just running stuff, and getting stops when we need to and just executing down the stretch.” Washington Post

Paul Pierce set the screen on the wing for Beal, who peeled around and darted down the lane with the Magic’s Victor Oladipo a couple steps behind. Beal didn’t see Miller throw the ball. But by the time he prepared to leap, the pass had arced over Dedmon’s arms. Beal got both hands on it and in one motion redirected it through the basket before time expired for a 91-89 victory at Amway Center. “The execution was just perfect,” Coach Randy Wittman said. Washington Post

December 7, 2014 Updates

Wittman uses a key four-letter word that puts what he means in to proper context: "He's gets himself in trouble sometimes when he's looking just to pass." Beal took a season-high 19 shots, making 11. He only tried 10 vs. Denver, converting five. "Witt is still mad at me because he said I wasn't aggressive enough," said Beal with a sarcastic tone that produced some laughter. "I don't know what more he wants from me. I'm trying." CSNWashington.com

December 2, 2014 Updates

Bradley Beal knew Michael Brown, the way you know people in your neighborhood, even though you're not boys (or girls) with them. "He was a good guy," the Washington Wizards' guard said Friday. Beal was born in St. Louis and starred at Chaminade Prep before succeeding at Florida and, now, in the NBA. "I never hung out with him, but I'd seen him before. And it's sad. The fact that whenever you see somebody like that, it's like, 'Wow, I just seen him before, I seen him this summer, and now he's gone.' I just lost one of my closest best friends this summer as well in St. Louis. It's crazy. You never know when your time is going to come." NBA.com

November 26, 2014 Updates

Wizards guard Bradley Beal grew up in St. Louis — he still loves the Cardinals and Imo’s pizza — “about 10 minutes” from Ferguson, where protests broke out Monday night in reaction to the grand jury’s decision not to indict police officer Darren Wilson for killing unarmed teenager Michael Brown. “It’s definitely heartbreaking because I knew [Brown], and then on top of that, I know a lot of people in that area,” Beal told ABC 7 before Tuesday’s loss to the Hawks. Washington Post

Beal later clarified that he’d seen Brown around, but didn’t have a personal relationship with him. “He was a big part of the area, a lot of people knew who he was and he was a big impact to our community,” Beal said. Washington Post

November 25, 2014 Updates

Beal swears the only business on his mind is the work, the day-to-day improvement, and work has been good. Beal and John Wall join Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson as the NBA’s best backcourts across the country’s coasts. As league executives believe in Beal’s ability to command a maximum salary extension, the Wizards have made clear around the NBA that they’ll do whatever necessary to secure Beal’s long-term deal, sources told RealGM. RealGM

So, yes, Beal heard of Thompson’s maximum-level extension with the Golden State Warriors before the season, but he simply shrugs his shoulders. Nothing changed here, Beal promises. “Money never will change who I am,” Beal told RealGM. “I kind of distance myself from the business part because when you get too caught up in money, it takes your mind off why you really play the game. I play for the love of it. I’m not going to think about contracts or any of that. If that [max] contract is what it is, then it is what it is. But it’s not going to change who I am. Money never will. RealGM

November 19, 2014 Updates

Just two days after practicing for the first time since fracturing his left wrist nearly six weeks earlier, Washington Wizards shooting guard Bradley Beal is set to make his season debut Wednesday night against the Dallas Mavericks, according to a person with knowledge of the situation. Washington Post

November 17, 2014 Updates
November 16, 2014 Updates

Wittman, as expected, stopped short of giving an exact date for Beal’s season debut. Beal hopes he can play Friday against the Cleveland Cavaliers, exactly six weeks after sustaining the injury. But, as Wittman explained, it depends on how the wrist responds during practice. “This is a day-to-day thing,” Wittman said after the Wizards topped the Orlando Magic, 98-93, at Verizon Center on Saturday night. “I can’t tell you Friday he’s going to be ready or next week. He’s got to get on the floor. He’s got to get his timing. The last thing we want to do is throw him out there when he’s not really ready yet to play. He missed a long time so he’s got to get his legs back under him and all that and we’ll see where that is.” Washington Post

November 15, 2014 Updates

Washington Wizards shooting guard Bradley Beal, out since Oct. 10 with a fractured left wrist, is expected to return to practice this week and is “hoping” to make his season debut Friday night against the Cleveland Cavaliers, according to a person with knowledge of the situation. Beal broke the wrist — specifically a non-displaced fracture in the scaphoid bone — when he landed on it in the second quarter of a preseason game against the Charlotte Hornets and underwent surgery two days later. Washington announced Beal would miss approximately six weeks. Friday, Beal’s target day, would mark exactly six weeks since sustaining the injury. Washington Post

November 4, 2014 Updates

Jorge Castillo: Injury updates: Wittman said Beal will see NYC doc next week for scheduled visit. Webster still rehabbing. No setbacks, but no progress. Twitter @jorgeccastillo

October 14, 2014 Updates

Washington Wizards President Ernie Grunfeld announced today that the team has exercised the fourth-year contract option on Bradley Beal and the third-year contract option on Otto Porter. "Bradley and Otto are both big pieces of the core group of players that we will build around as we continue to improve our team," said Grunfeld. "We look forward to them playing significant roles in our success both now and in the future." NBA.com

October 13, 2014 Updates

That the Wizards will pick up the fourth-year option for the 2015-16 season on Bradley Beal's rookie contract before this one tips is a foregone conclusion. His latest injury, a left wrist fracture that required surgery, will have no negative impact on his future here or the team's plans to work out an extension this summer, multiple persons on both sides have confirmed to CSNwashington.com. "Any day now" one of the several people with knowledge of the situation said leading up to Sunday's preseason game with the Detroit Pistons. CSNWashington.com

October 12, 2014 Updates

Bradley Beal: Surgery today... Big Thanks to everyone supporting me and keeping me positive...Minor setback for a MAJOR COMEBACK !! Twitter @RealDealBeal23

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