One name that has consistently mentioned in the rumor mill has been young D.C. star, Bradley Beal. After several underwhelming seasons, and a career-hindering injury to his partner-in-crime John Wall, there has been increased speculation that Beal would either attempt to force his way out of the franchise or that the Wizards would use him as a trade piece to effectively “start over.”
As the weeks go by, however, the narrative that he will be leaving before February’s trade deadline continues to fall under doubt.
According to ESPN’s Zach Lowe, Washington has yet to even make him available in trade talks.
The name that will come up over and over, in connection with every realistic destination, is Bradley Beal. Beal is really good. He just turned 26. He can thrive off the ball. Beal would bring minimal skill overlap to most preexisting star pairings.
Beal checks the age and fit boxes. Whether he has enough raw, supernova talent — Beal has made two All-Star rosters and zero All-NBA teams — is something each suitor will have to decide based in part on who is already on its team (and if the Wizards ever make Beal available, which they have not, per sources).
Interestingly, the two sides have yet to come to terms on a contract extension, and it is unknown whether or not the 26-year-old guard would even take it.
In his 7 years playing for the Wizards, he has yet to see any real success — in the postseason and even in the regular season. And now, with the team set to remain in the bunker for years, it seems unlikely he is excited about playing there for additional years to come.
Nonetheless, there are no plans to move him right now, and nobody knows if or when that will change.