Bradley Beal is hesitant on committing to the Wizards and should be in a 76ers uniform as quickly as possible
The Washington Wizards are currently 15-11 on the season. They sit in fifth place in the Eastern Conference, right above the sixth place Philadelphia 76ers, who are 14-11 and winners of three straight following last night’s victory over the Charlotte Hornets.
Bradley Beal is currently in the midst of a two-year extension that that he signed in 2019. The extension leaves him in D.C. through the end of this year, with a player option for next season worth $36 million. All things considered, it looks like Beal could be ready to explore other options outside of the Wizards.
Beal recently joined Chris Haynes on the Posted Up Podcast and gave some insight on his future with the Washington Wizards and what his options look like moving forward.
Here’s the video clip:
As always, for our friends stuck at work, here’s the quote where Bradley Beal talks about his contract with the Wizards and how he’s been trying to make it work, but he’s not sure if it will in the future.
“I got time. I kinda hold the cards right now. One, I’ve never been in this position, so I’m kind of embracing that, right? Being able to, ok, dictate how I want my future to be, and where I want it to be. And at the same time I’m giving [Wizards GM Tommy Sheppard] that opportunity to show that it’s working. But at the same time I’m not going to make that grand commitment and it doesn’t work. Ultimately, you have to be selfish, right, at some point.
And for probably the first time in my career, Year 10, I am. But my full commitment is to the team. I want it to work, you know what I’m saying, I’ve contributed to being here, right? I’ve committed to being here twice. So now I want to see that commitment to me as well.”Bradley Beal
The Wizards are 4-6 over their last 10 games. Last night, they beat the Pistons in Detroit on a Kyle Kuzma game winning three point shot in overtime. Even with the Wizards staring the season off strong, they will ultimately cool down and I’m willing to bet that they are not a good basketball team and certainly not a championship contender. After ten years with the organization, it makes the most sense for Bradley Beal to opt out of his contract and join a contending team.
There have been a million reports about the 76ers trying to pull Damian Lillard from the Portland Trailblazers but that seems unlikely. Lillard hasn’t requested a trade and has continued to tell everyone that he wants to make it work in Portland rather than being traded to another team. Maybe we should just move on and focus on someone like Bradley Beal, who wants to win and is already questioning what he will do with his player option at the end of the season.
Bradley Beal is currently averaging just under 22/4/5 per game. The 28 year old wants to win and pairing him with Joel Embiid in Philadelphia makes the 76ers championship contenders immediately.
The Wizards can then build around Ben Simmons (lol) and try to be a good basketball team again. It makes perfect sense. Send Simmons, Matisse Thybulle, and a first round pick or two to Washington and bring Bradley Beal to Philadelphia.