Do you start to build a new team around him â maybe by taking a point guard with what should be a top-10 pick in the draft, and try to again play fast next season? Or do you move Beal, at the absolute apex of his value, coming off his best season, and having proven he can get through 82 games relatively unscathed? âIâm not saying you have to trade him,â an executive from one of this yearâs top teams told me on Monday â before the Wizards announced Grunfeldâs dismissal. âBut you do have to think about it.â
Chris Haynes on which star may be available next: "I just got Bradley Beal on my podcast and I straight up told Bradley, 'Man, look, the Washington Wizards probably should've broken this team up a few years ago.' John Wall is out for a year. They traded Otto Porter. Is Bradley Beal the next guy? Is it time to move on [from him]? I think Washington has to do some self-reflecting. It may be time to move on from Bradley. And Bradley isnât the type of guy whoâs going to ask [for a trade] or want out; heâs a loyal dude. Heâs a real loyal dude. But it might be in their best interest to trade him.â
You were mentioned in trade rumors quite a bit earlier this season. How did you react to that? Bradley Beal: I wasnât bothered, honestly. In a way, itâs kind of [confirmation] teams want me. Itâs kind of [flattering]. In a way, itâs like, âDang, this is pretty cool.â But, at the same time, I hate change. You never want to have up and move, you donât want to have to leave [for a new team and city].
The Wizards tried their best to put to rest any notion Beal could be gone last week. The team never engaged in trade discussions involving Beal before Feb. 7âs deadline, according to sources with knowledge of the situation. And team president Ernie Grunfeld told The Athletic last week that he has âno intention of trading Bradley.â âWe wanna have him as part of our group moving forward for a long time,â Grunfeld said.
Beal, though, can already imagine the drawbacks of requesting a trade. He sees the mess that Anthony Davis and the Pelicans are dealing with in New Orleans and doesn't want that for himself. "I always feel like if I requested a trade, and I didnât get traded, thereâs no way in hell Iâm gonna be able to go and play with my teammates who know I donât want to be here. Thatâs mind-boggling to me," he said.
âUntil the team doesnât want me anymore, Iâm gonna be here,â he said. âIâm here. Iâm a Wizard, day in and day out. They pay me and I have to show up and do my work. Until that changes, thatâs who Iâm loyal to.â
âI kinda hate it. I hate super teams,â Beal said. âAnd thatâs just me. âŚ Like everybody, just get your own team and just try to win with what youâve got. But itâs like you need five All-Stars to win, especially to beat Golden State at this point. Granted, thatâs everybodyâs measuring stick: Golden State. Theyâve got four, five, six guys on their team that are probably All-Stars, so it speaks for (itself).â
Beal, though, insists that isnât in his nature. âGranted, it goes both ways,â Beal said of wanting to stay with one team. âThey can say they wonât trade you and [then they do.] Itâs a business at the end of the day, but believe me... my parents [raised] me on loyalty and just constantly even keel no matter what. Tough time last not always, but tough people do.â
Fred Katz: Bradley Beal gets asked in a fan Q&A in Charlotte if the Wizards should blow the team up. His response: âIf I can retire in this jersey, I will. Iâm all about loyalty.â
The core duo remaining from an eroded big three could be sticking around longer than the mere remainder of this struggling year. Wallâs recent Achillesâ rupture matched with a pending maximum extension makes him one of the leagueâs most difficult players to trade. And the organization intends to keep Beal beyond this summer, team president Ernie Grunfeld told The Athletic in an exclusive interview Thursday afternoon. âWe have no intention of trading Bradley,â Grunfeld said, when asked if the Wizards would trade Beal before his contract runs up after the 2020-21 season. âWe really like his development and the way his game has improved over these years: his character, his work ethic. And we wanna have him as part of our group moving forward for a long time.â
Washington, not surprisingly, has no intention of trading two-time All-Star guard Bradley Beal, a source tells NBC Sports Washington, despite having moved forwards Otto Porter and Markieff Morris the evening before Thursday's NBA trade deadline.
After months of speculation surrounding the future of players like John Wall, Bradley Beal and Otto Porter Jr. amid the Wizardsâ struggles, team owner Ted Leonsis went on the record to confirm his star players wonât be involved in trade talks ahead of the Feb. 7 trade deadline. âI love when they go, âtrade Bradley Beal. Trade John Wall. Trade Otto Porter.â And I go âok, for who?â Weâre not trading any of those playersâŚ wouldnât throw in the towel on this core,â Leonsis said during an interview with WTOP radio.
Noah Frank: On possibility of dealing Wall, Beal, Porter before NBA Trade Deadline: "We're not trading any of those players"
The Wizards have operated as such to this point. Theyâve received plenty of calls about Bradley Beal, who is bound to make his second ever All-Star Game when reserves get announced next week, but havenât engaged in any trade talks involving him, according to multiple sources.
The Washington Wizards and Orlando Magic are still competing for a playoff berth, but both teams are preparing for the deadline with the awareness their moves will be made based upon whether the team is trending upward or down as Feb. 7 approaches, sources said. Wizards star guard Bradley Beal is not going anywhere, which Washington has made adamantly clear, league sources told The Athletic. Depending on how the next week to two weeks shape up, the Wizards could look more aggressively toward moving Otto Porter. The Utah Jazz have been an interested suitor for Porter, league sources said. Beal has helped lead the Wizards to seven wins in their past 10 games, carrying a squad that lost All-Star John Wall to season-ending heel surgery before the New Year.
Ted Leonsis expressed firmly what team officials have been indicating for weeks, that if they are active at the trade deadline, it won't be with deals involving their main guys. That means Beal is highly unlikely to be dealt. Otto Porter Jr. can be considered similarly and John Wall should go without saying given his current injury status and hefty trade kicker.
That's why is hasn't come as a surprise that a conga line of contenders have kicked the tires on Beal, by far the Wizards' most valuableâand most tradableâasset. Multiple team executives and agents tell Bleacher Report the impending Feb. 7 trade deadline is expected to be a busy one and that Beal's talent, sharpshooting, versatility, age (25) and contract (two years and $56 remaining) make him one of the most coveted assets in the marketplace. "There are so many teams in the mix trying to make that extra push that want Beal," a Western Conference executive told B/R.
The Wizards haven't shown any interest in dealing him, from everything I've gathered. But if any team blew any other out of the water with a major offer for any player, said team would have to think about it. Beal could get back picks and young players. Teams value him that much at this point. But I don't think the Wizards want to get rid of their top guy, and I don't blame them.
I don't personally think the Wizards need to trade Beal. He has three years left on his contract and at a reasonable price. (He's owed about $81 million during that time.) He's playing like a surefire All-Star. If the Wizards want to break it down, there's no reason to sell their best player for even 99 cents on the dollar. That said, I've spoken to smart, smart people in the NBA, people whose opinions I respect a lot that think the Wizards should think about parting with him. He could bring back a bunch. And if you're not going to win with this group (which it looks like you won't), the argument is, get as many picks or young pieces as you can and form a new core. Wall's deal matched with his injury make him an unlikely trade candidate.
I honestly am not totally sure of how theyâre going to play this. They have feelers out there for some guys, including Otto Porter. From everything Iâve heard, theyâve batted away calls about Beal. And they should be in no rush to deal an All-Star with three years left on his deal playing his best basketball ever. Itâs tougher to trade Morris, whoâs on an expiring deal, today since his spine injury will keep him out through the trade deadline.
Thereâs been chatter about the Raptors pursuing Wizards guard Bradley Beal, but Washington wants two players and two draft picks for him, according to sources. That would cost the team budding star Pascal Siakam and wing OG Anunoby, plus some filler salary and two future first-round draft picks. The Raptors already owe this yearâs pick to the Spurs, and they would have to persuade Washington to take a pick as far out as 2023.
Rod Beard: I've heard that the market for Bradley Beal could be something like two first-rounders, a young asset and another player. That's the ante -- just to get put the admin assistant to put the call through.
Chris Mannix: Expect teams to really start banging down the Wiz door w/offers for Bradley Beal. Beal having another All-Star level season, w/manageable contract through '20-21.
Ironically, the team they just lost to could be a starting point for a turnaround. The belief is the entire roster is available, there are no longer untouchables, sources said. This obviously includes stars John Wall and Bradley Beal, but Houston hasnât had any deep discussions for any Wizard yet. They merely placed a few calls, the first being two weeks ago.
After the game, Beal was asked by NBA TV's Dennis Scott to address the report that he wanted out that came out earlier Monday. "That's nonsense," Beal said. "I heard it earlier before the game and I was like if it ain't come from the horse's mouth, it wasn't me. I got this Washington jersey on, I come out and work everyday until otherwise. This is where I want to be."
Candace Buckner: (1/2) Just spoke with Bradley Beal's agent, Mark Bartelstein, re: the report that cites a source who says Beal wants out of Washington. Bartelstein strongly denies the report. Bartelstein on the Beal report: "That is absolutely not true. The only sources that would know Brad thinkingâs are Brad and myself. And Bradâs focus is 100% on helping the #Wizards play consistent, winning basketball.â
Nearly at the 20-game mark, the 11-8 Los Angeles Lakers look like they could be a force in the Western Conference with a little more help. How tempted would team president Earvin "Magic" Johnson be to make a play for All-Star guard Bradley Beal? "Beal would be a perfect fit next to LeBron," an Eastern Conference scout said. "He's a much better shooter than [Brandon] Ingram, and LeBron needs shooters."
Maybe a veteran scorer like Beal would give James a more reliable, polished running mate than Ingram. "It's too early to tell for Ingram," a Lakers executive said. "Where was [Beal] at the same age?" Four years ago, Beal averaged 15.3 points, 3.8 rebounds and 3.1 assists per game as a 21-year-old. He shot 40.9 percent from three-point range on 4.1 attempts. He made a big jump two years later to 23.1 points per night. Ingram, at 15.8 points, 4.6 rebounds and 2.1 assists, probably won't ever be as consistent an outside shooter as Beal, but Beal won't ever have Ingram's 6'9" height and 7'3" wingspan.
The Washington Wizards are floundering at 7-12. While the Wizards are only two games back of the eighth seed in the Eastern Conference, the dysfunction in Washington is leading to widespread speculation that the organization will blow things up and trade away major players like John Wall or Bradley Beal. âJohn Wall is a very different situation [from Bradley Beal],â said Wojnarowski on the Woj Pod. âYou can count on one hand, and probably with just a couple of fingers places that really might have interest in taking his contract on and what it all means to bring him in. âI would never say thereâs no market for John Wall, but I think Bradley Beal has a much broader market. But if Washington was going to do something, they would have to get every last asset they could for Bradley Beal.â
The Wizards are reportedly willing to trade anyone on their roster. That sparked wishful speculation around the country about Washingtonâs most valuable player, Bradley Beal. His apparent unhappiness only increased hope. But... Zach Lowe of ESPN: "I think what theyâre asking for Beal, from what Iâve heard, makes him functionally not available. But maybe. Maybe some team throws the Brinks truck or their price comes down."
The Charlotte Hornets have inquired with the Washington Wizards about the possibility of acquiring shooting guard Bradley Beal, an informed source confirmed Tuesday. The source didnât identify what the Hornets have offered for Beal, a 6-foot-5 guard averaging 21.5 points this season, or whether any progress has been made toward a deal. Beal could be the second scoring option to point guard Kemba Walker this team has lacked in an 8-8 season. Walker is coming off two games in which he scored a combined 103 points. He is the NBAâs leading scorer at 29.6 points per game.
Though an ESPN report suggested that the Wizards are willing to move anyone on the roster in possible trades â including cornerstones Wall and Beal â league sources dispute whether thatâs a plan the franchise is truly willing to execute. For one, the value for every Wizard, including the all-star backcourt, couldnât be any lower than it is right now. Some have suggested that a public shaming might be a necessary wake-up call for players who have become way too comfortable with the fat contracts owner Ted Leonsis has handed out in recent years.
âWith the news we had today, thatâs either going to boost us or fuck us up a little bit,â Bradley Beal told The Athletic after Mondayâs practice. âWeâll see. âWeâve already aired out a lot of our problems the last couple of years. Itâs not like any of our stuff is a secret,â Beal said. âWe just got to do it on the floor. Itâs not like we have bad character guys or bad guys. Weâre just not getting it [done] in between the linesâŚ Maybe itâs entitlement. Maybe weâre too cool. Maybe we feel we can flip it on a switch. All the things weâve said in the past thatâs been a problem with us. I donât know. Thatâs the annoying part about it. You canât pinpoint it as one thing.â
In talking with people around the league, itâs clear that Bealâs value stands high and above Porterâs or Wallâs. Beal has three years and $81 million remaining on his contract, including this season, generally considered fair value.
But the Wizards have made no attempt to include Beal in any sort of legitimate trade discussions, according to sources.
Candace Buckner: While reporting this story, I've learned that in spite of Bradley Beal's heat-of-the-moment comments directed at #Wizards President Ernie Grunfeld, in which he said something along to the lines of 'I'm sick of this sh --!' ... Beal has NOT requested a trade,
The Wizardsâ thoughts of trading either Wall or Beal are very preliminary, according to a person familiar with the situation. By putting this information out there, they are simply letting other teams know they will listen. Despite the whirlwind of reports, any major deal would likely take a long time to orchestrate. The Wizards would likely take months to lay the groundwork, even if matters get worse on the court.
Although Washington may be floundering during a 5-11 start to the season, there is a belief that the team has zero plans to move on from either of its franchise cornerstones, based on conversations with multiple league sources who have familiarity with the Wizards and how their front office operates. A Wizards spokesman, meanwhile, cited team policy by saying President of Basketball Operations Ernie Grunfeld âdoesnât comment on rumors, so he wonât comment on this one.â
When asked if he would be âsurprisedâ if the Wizards made a deal involving Wall or Beal, Brooks responded: âI mean, like I said, the start that weâre having, thereâs going to be rumors. Itâs just part of the business. Itâs just part of it. Iâve been in the league a long time, thatâs just always been the case.â
Shams Charania: Sources on @TheAthleticNBA @WatchStadium: The Washington Wizards had a volatile practice within recent days, with verbal altercations among players and an exasperated Bradley Beal saying toward team officials: "I've been dealing with this for seven years."
Candace Buckner: Bradley Beal on whether the report of him and Wall being made available came as news to him: "I mean, Iâm not going to be naĂŻve to it, you know. I have a phone just like everyone else, so Iâve heard those rumors weeks ago."
Washington had hopes that forwards Otto Porter and Kelly Oubre could be centerpieces of deals that could return an impact third star, but those players have fetched minimal interest on the market. Porter has a massive contract on the books, including three years, $81 million left.
âI think theyâve had enough time, but they really havenât (broken) through,â Dudley said. âI can see by the All-Star break or summer time one of these pieces moving. Itâs going to be good for them. If itâs John, or Otto or Brad, one of them three, I think their next move is going to be good for both teams."
Word is the Wolves did try to engage Washington â another team falling well short of expectations â in trade talks for the sharpshooting guard Bradley Beal. But the Wizards have kept Beal off limits amid their 4-9 start. They would naturally prefer to trade the struggling Otto Porter, or perhaps even John Wall, but both possess hard-to-move contracts. My pal Zach Lowe at ESPN recently did a deep dive on just how hard Wall will be to trade once his "supermax" contract extension kicks in next season.
Minnesota passed on a Miami deal weeks ago that would've included guard Josh Richardson, and the Heat never returned him into talks, sources said. Washington wouldn't offer guard Bradley Beal, sources said.
During a recent podcast, several media members discussed whether the Wizards should reassemble their roster in the offseason. They pointed to an example of what the Los Angeles Clippers did in the past year, trading Chris Paul and Blake Griffin. ESPNâs Brian Windhorst mentioned that Los Angeles would be able to pursue Beal in a potential deal.
Brian Windhorst: âIf they made Bradley Beal available, I mean this is a guy with three years left on his contract, you would have multiple aggressive bids âŚ You know what team that would be interesting for Bradley Beal would be the Clippers. They have two lottery picks. Theyâre in the need of a star.â
July 1, 2022 | 2:47 am EDT Update
When the two-time NBA Finals MVP made it known he wanted to be traded out of Brooklyn, expected business quickly fell by the wayside as teams tried to reposition themselves to at least make an offer. According to a source, the Bulls were a part of those phone calls, despite Durant reportedly having the Heat and Suns among his desired destinations â and despite the reality that the Bulls donât have the type of high-profile player or quality of draft picks the Nets were looking for in a trade package.
Phoenix has the kinds of players who might make this a win-win for all involved â namely, Suns small forward Mikal Bridges and restricted free agent center DeAndre Ayton. In the days before Irvingâs choice to opt-in, sources close to Ayton had raised this possibility of an Ayton-Bridges deal being very much on their radar. At that time, however, it was unclear whether Durant was going to ask out.
Sources said the Bulls remain confident LaVine will agree to a contract of nearly $215 million â the most any team could offer â even as the two-time All-Star waits to hear all offers in the process.
Beck: I asked a well-connected NBA source which teams, other than the increasingly desperate Lakers, would be willing to acquire Irving. His answer: âNone.â I think I agree. The league has seen Irving wreak a lot of havoc over the last five years, from Cleveland to Boston to Brooklyn. Itâs left an impression. But the Lakers badly need another scorer/playmaker next to LeBron and AD, and Irving is an infinitely better fit than Russell Westbrook.