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Report: Wizards Had 'Volatile Practice' That Left Bradley Beal 'Exasperated'

Rob Goldberg@TheRobGoldbergFeatured ColumnistNovember 19, 2018

Washington Wizards guard Bradley Beal (3) reacts after a foul during the second half of an NBA basketball game against the Orlando Magic, Monday, Nov. 12, 2018, in Washington. The Wizards won 117-109. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)
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Frustrations are reportedly boiling over for the Washington Wizards, as the team recently had "verbal altercations" during a "volatile practice," according to Shams Charania of Stadium and The Athletic.

Bradley Beal was especially upset following the workout.

"I've been dealing with this for seven years," Beal reportedly told team officials, per Charania, who described him as "exasperated." Beal looked over to Wizards President Ernie Grunfeld after an argument with teammate Austin Rivers and said roughly, "It starts at the top," according to Candace Buckner of the Washington Post.

Despite his frustrations with the front office, Beal has not requested a trade, per Buckner.

The Wizards selected Beal with the No. 3 overall pick in 2012, and he's been with the franchise ever since. Point guard John Wall has played alongside him each season.

While the Wizards made the playoffs in four of Beal's first six seasons, they never advanced beyond the conference semifinals. This season, they've gotten off to a disappointing 5-11 start.

On Monday, Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN reported every player on the roster is available in trade discussions, including both Beal and Wall.

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A trade may necessary since the team chemistry isn't likely to change in the near future. Beal is signed through the 2020-21 season, and Wall can't become a free agent until the summer of 2022.

While Wall has received five straight All-Star nods, his upcoming four-year, $169 million extension may limit his suitors on the trade market.

Beal, meanwhile, is owed a far more reasonable $55.8 million over the next two years. He also earned his first All-Star nod last season and currently leads the team with 21.5 points per game.

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