Report: Bradley Beal Doesn't Want Wizards Trade, 'Frustrated' with Critics

Joseph Zucker@@JosephZuckerFeatured ColumnistFebruary 2, 2021

Washington Wizards' Bradley Beal reacts during the fourth quarter of the team's NBA basketball game against the Houston Rockets on Tuesday, Jan. 26, 2021, in Houston. (Carmen Mandato/Pool Photo via AP)
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Bradley Beal has yet to request a trade from the Washington Wizards but "is privately frustrated and confused with the perpetual portrayal of his situation," according to The Athletic's Shams Charania and Fred Katz.

Charania and Katz also spoke to an executive from another team who said the Wizards have no intention of moving the two-time All-Star: "[The Wizards] have maintained what they've always maintained. They're building something in Washington around Beal."

The report hit on contradictory sentiments from those who follow the NBA, which puts players in a no-win situation: "After seeing other players take criticism for requesting to leave teams, those sources say Beal feels he's getting nitpicked for choosing to stay in D.C., where he began his NBA career in 2012. He felt similarly when he signed an extension in October 2019. Speculation about his future has swirled since before then."

It's not hard to see why Beal might want out. The Wizards are 4-12 and sitting in last place in the Eastern Conference. Washington's continued losing despite Beal's best efforts is reaching farcical proportions:

StatMuse @statmuse

Bradley Beal has 13 40-point games since the start of last season. The Wizards are 1-12 in those games. He’s lost 10 straight games when scoring 40. https://t.co/xnPplIxwdH

ESPN @espn

Bradley Beal's last six games 😳 • 47 Pts, 6 Ast, Loss • 33 Pts, 5 Reb, Loss • 31 Pts, 7 Reb, Loss • 34 Pts, 9 Ast, Win • 41 Pts, 16-29 FG, Loss • 60 Pts, 7 Reb, Loss https://t.co/Ig7Wh2P7vc

The 27-year-old cuts an increasingly forlorn figure on the bench as the defeats pile up:

Bleacher Report @BleacherReport

Bradley Beal was going through it on the bench. https://t.co/OFLbkdbVMe

SportsCenter @SportsCenter

Bradley Beal had 47 points in a 124-106 loss to the Pelicans. https://t.co/EoA68CVybk

Following a 124-106 loss to the New Orleans Pelicans last Wednesday, a reporter asked Beal if he was frustrated. He responded by asking: "Is the sky blue?"

His contract situation looms on the horizon. His two-year, $71.8 million extension kicks in next season but allows him to opt out in 2022.

The Wizards face the possibility of losing Beal in a year-and-a-half with slim hopes of making significant improvements before then. If push comes to shove, trading him this summer would be the most pragmatic course of action.

But there's nothing to indicate that will happen anytime soon. This isn't a parallel situation to John Wall, whose exit from the nation's capital was telegraphed beforehand. Beal remains committed to the Wizards, and the Wizards don't want to trade him.

For now, the matter doesn't seem to go much deeper.