NBA analyst Stephen A. Smith thinks Bradley Beal should move to a new team. A three-time All-Star, Beal has not had much success with the Washington Wizards, with whom he debuted in the league. Beal is one of the best goalscorers, but Washington has not given him enough support to compete for the title.
Beal’s situation with Washington is again a talking point this off-season. Here’s what Smith said about Beal:
“We have to sit here, and we have to hold Bradley Beal accountable, just like everyone else. If you look at Bradley Beal, all we’ve heard about for years is, ‘Will he max out; will he wait for Washington’s supermax? wizard?’ I’m waiting to hear Bradley Beal talk about how tired he is from losing.”
Smith further hinted at Beal’s likely disappointment at repeatedly serving the playoffs.
“If you’re Bradley Beal, I have love for you,” Smith said. “You can ball, great personality, very philanthropic, gives back to the community; the nation’s capital loves him and all that sort of thing. When do you get tired of sitting at home in April?”
NBA Rumors: Bradley Beal reportedly made a decision, but hasn’t announced his decision yet
Bradley Beal entered the off-season as one of the hottest potential free-agent prospects. If he opts out of his player option, he will be an unlimited free agent, opening the door for teams to compete for his signature.
However, according to recent reports, Beal has already made up its mind. In an interview with Associated Press, the Wizards star said of his future (via ESPN):
‘My situation? Crazy, probably.’
Beal previously hinted that he would re-sign with the Wizards, which seems likely. Washington acquired Kristaps Porzingis and Kyle Kuzma last season and now has quite the roster at their disposal to fight for a playoff spot.
They had a good start to last season, but ended up finishing with a 35-47 record. Beal suffered a wrist injury and only played 40 games. Will he be satisfied with making the play-offs?
According to NBA rumours, the LA Lakers, Miami Heat and Boston Celtics could make a move for Beal. All three teams are expected to make deeper playoff runs than Washington. So even if Beal re-signs with the Wizards, he could request a mid-season transfer this year or in 2023.