Bradley Beal's Agent Shuts Down Nets Trade Rumors, Cites 2-Year, $72M Contract

Paul KasabianSenior ContributorMay 22, 2020

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Mark Bartelstein, the agent of Washington Wizards guard Bradley Beal, told Adam Zagoria of Forbes that "there are no Beal Sweepstakes" in light of rumors that the Brooklyn Nets are interested in acquiring the 26-year-old.

"There are no Beal Sweepstakes and that's why he re-signed with the Wizards," Bartelstein said. "Brad re-signed with the Wizards because he wanted to stay in Washington and the Wizards wanted to keep him there."

His comments were in response to a report Thursday from the New York Daily News' Stefan Bondy, who wrote that the Nets "are in the market for a third star and have internally discussed avenues of acquiring [Beal]." Bondy also noted that it was "unclear whether Beal will become available."

Beal signed a two-year, $72 million extension with the Wizards last October. The extension begins during the 2021-22 season.

He said in a statement at the time:

"Both the Wizards organization and the city of Washington have been committed to supporting me and my family since the day I was drafted and I feel blessed to be able to show my commitment back to them. I'm proud to continue leading this team both on and off the court and look forward to being part of building something special."

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Beal is averaging a career-high 30.5 points this season.

The Wizards struggled prior to the NBA season's ongoing suspension because of the COVID-19 pandemic, going 24-40, which is 5.5 games behind the Orlando Magic for the eighth and final Eastern Conference playoff spot.

That wasn't Beal's fault, though, as he kept his team out of the East basement thanks to his scoring prowess. He did so despite a litany of injuries to the team that included heel and Achilles ailments for All-Star floor general John Wall, who has missed the entire 2019-20 season.

Beal has also been one of the few constants for a team that has had a revolving door this year with 21 players suiting up for the team. Sixteen of those 21 players have started at least one game, highlighting the transitional period in D.C.

If anything, Beal is someone that the team needs to build around in hopes of achieving a brighter future. He has added a career-high 6.1 assists per game, too, so he gets his teammates involved on a nightly basis.

In sum, both Beal and the Wizards don't appear to want him heading elsewhere. He does have the option to become a free agent after the 2021-22 season, but chances are he isn't headed elsewhere, as evidenced by these comments made to ESPN's Zach Lowe in April (h/t Rotoworld).

"If I go anywhere else, granted, it may be a good team, but I would be a piece," Beal said. "My role here...I love what it is. ... We actually have guys that are committed to getting better."

Beal also said that the team "basically gave [him] the keys" to the franchise, highlighting his role as franchise star. As Beal noted, he may not get that opportunity elsewhere, adding another incentive to stay.