NBA Trade Rumors: Why the Washington Wizards Will Not Trade Bradley Beal
Although, since John Wall came back from injury, the Wizards are 3-1 and their only loss was by one point.
Overall the Wizards have won four of their past five games, and things actually seem to be looking up for the men in red, white and blue.
Much of their recent success has been due in large part to the No. 3 overall pick in the 2012 NBA draft, rookie Bradley Beal.
Beal is averaging 18.8 points per game in January and 20.5 points per game since John Wall came back.
Beal, 19, and Wall, 22, have shown great chemistry for the little amount of time that the two have been working together. Add in the fact that power forward/center Kevin Seraphin is molding his way into a starting role, and the Wizards now have a young team to build off of.
It's the first time since Gilbert Arenas was hitting buzzer-beaters in Washington that Wiz fans can get excited about something.
Ronald Tillery of The Commercial Appeal has expressed that the Wizards are targeting forward Rudy Gay.
"The Griz have entertained the Washington Wizards' offer for Gay. The crux of that exchange would have the Griz receiving rookie shooting guard Bradley Beal in a larger package."
When I originally read that, I was shocked and confused.
But then, USA Today Sports spoke with Beal's agent, Mark Bartelstein.
"I've talked with the Wizards and with Memphis and there's absolutely nothing to it," Bartelstein said. "I'm sure lots of teams would to like to have Brad, but the Wizards have absolutely no intention of trading him."
Good. They should not trade Beal. He is and will be part of the future of the franchise.
You have Alex Ovechkin on the Capitals. You have RGIII for the Redskins. You even have Stephen Strasburg and Bryce Harper on the Nationals.
For the Wizards, you have Bradley Beal and John Wall, which is a fantastic foundation to possess to build for the future.
When the Oklahoma City Thunder/Seattle Supersonics were dead in the water, they built their franchise from the ground up by drafting Kevin Durant, Russell Westbrook and Serge Ibaka. They currently contain one of the youngest teams in the NBA. And oh yeah, they made it to the NBA Finals just one season ago.
When you don't have veteran leadership, you build it. You draft it and get them experience.
Experience is built off of tough times and sticking through it as a cohesive unit. You use the pain to motivate you to succeed. But it's hard to succeed without knowing what it feels like to lose.
This Wizards team knows what it feels like to lose. In fact, not one of the players on the current roster was on the team the last time Washington made the playoffs more than five years ago.
There are plenty of growing pains. This year is certainly one of them. But in order to get to the finish line some day, which in this case is the NBA Finals, this young team in Washington needs to get through this rough patch and look back on it for motivation. They can say, hey, we got through the tough times, the sky is the limit from here.
Yes, at 8-29 you really have to be a glass-half-full type of person to be a tad bit optimistic this season. But they will likely receive a nice pick in the lottery and draft another young guy to build with.
Still, there is plenty of basketball left to play this season. I am not saying at all that the Wizards will make the playoffs this year, but they will give every team they play a run for their money.
As long as Beal and Wall stay healthy, I say the Wizards will win 27 of their remaining 45 games and finish the year at 35-47.
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