NBA
August 26, 2021

Bradley Beal Is Making a Colossal Mistake By Staying With the Wizards

Rumors about Bradley Beal potentially being traded have swirled around the league for years now. 

The three-time All-Star has every reason to want to jump ship after the Washington Wizards have failed to build a title-contending team around throughout his career. Instead, the front office has tried to fix the team with short-term bandaids — such as acquiring Russell Westbrook last offseason. This year, the Wizards had one of the more disappointing offseasons, signing low-level veterans and young players to help Beal try to get back to the postseason. 

Russell Westbrook may have asked for a trade to the Los Angeles Lakers, but it likely came because he realized that the Wizards were lightyears away from being a championship contender.  For some reason, though, Beal hasn't demanded a trade. In fact, he wants to stay in Washington. 

The 28-year-old is apparently perfectly content being the star of a franchise that will struggle to make the playoffs every year. However, it’s the Wizards’ lackluster efforts that have him giving his all for a team that isn’t anywhere near being a top team in the Eastern Conference let alone a title contender. 

Beal is in the prime of his career coming off yet another highly productive campaign, averaging a career-high 31.3 points on 48.5 percent shooting from the floor with 4.4 assists per contest. It marked the second straight season he averaged north of 30 points per contest. 

The Wizards may be coming off a playoff berth, but it came after having to finish the season on a torrid pace while competing in the play-in tournament. Yes, the Wizards may have improved the overall talent on the roster by adding Spencer Dinwiddie, Kyle Kuzma, Montrezl Harrell, and Kentavious Caldwell-Pope, but that doesn’t project to be more than a first-round playoff exit. 

If Beal expressed a desire to play elsewhere, several teams would line up to acquire him, presenting him with a much better chance to compete for an NBA title. Instead, he remains happy with the situation in Washington where he’s under contract at least through this upcoming season as he holds a $37.2 million player option for the 2022-23 campaign. 

Beal holds full control of the situation, and the Wizards are well aware of the parameters. He can command any type of contract he wants from them as he’s the sole future of the franchise, and it may be that aspect that is keeping him there. 

However, until he makes a move to play elsewhere, he’s willingly letting his talents waste away with a franchise that is nowhere near competing for an NBA title.

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