David Aldridge of The Athletic reported Friday that Beal's disappointment is "really real," adding the two-time All-Star is "as angry with and emotional about his team as he's ever been."
The struggling Wizards were starting to show signs of life earlier this month as they secured three wins in a four-game span, including triumphs over contenders in the Denver Nuggets and Boston Celtics, while Beal was sidelined with a leg injury. It matched the team's best stretch of the 2019-20 season.
Washington has lost both its games since the star guard returned to the lineup, however, and he voiced his frustration after the 115-106 road loss in Chicago:
Fred Katz @FredKatz
Bradley Beal was particularly down after tonight’s loss in Chicago. On why this loss was hitting him harder than usual: “They all do. I don’t like losing. I’m sorry. Especially winnable games.” On if it builds up: “Yeah, I would hope it does. I don’t like losing.” https://t.co/SYSY1CkQaf
The comments drew a new round of speculation about whether Beal might seek a trade out of the nation's capital. However, since he signed an extension this offseason, he can't be traded before the 2020 deadline, and Chase Hughes of NBC Sports Washington noted he might have been attempting to convince the team's front office to add pieces to make a playoff push.
Whether that's a realistic goal is up for debate. The Wizards are 13-27, and John Wall, Beal's longtime backcourt running mate, is expected to miss the entire season while recovering from a torn Achilles.
That said, the roster is starting to get healthy again after a string of injuries, and the wins over Denver and Boston provided reason for optimism in the season's second half.
As well, the Wizards should add another high-upside prospect in this year's draft. That player's arrival combined with the return of Wall will make the Wiz a team to watch next season.
Beal seemingly isn't happy with the conservative building approach that's led to a lot of short-term losses, though.