Washington Wizards All-Star Bradley Beal has been the subject of never-ending trade speculation, even after signing a $72 million extension in October 2019.
On a recent episode of “The Old Man and the Three” with JJ Redick, Beal discussed the interest he has been receiving from other teams and how being a constant in the rumor mill affects his day-to-day life.
“Teams are trying. A lot of them are calling, a lot of them are inquiring and putting packages together and trying to see if they can get me. That’s not a secret. They’ve been doing that for the last couple years,” the Wizards guard shared.
Bradley Beal, however, shared that he views the trade rumors as a sign of respect, especially from teams that are looking to compete for titles.
“I don’t view it as a distraction, it’s kind of a sign of respect, and motivational, too…People are gravitating toward you. Understand what you have here, but understand that you’re wanted elsewhere, too.”
The 27-year-old added that if he is to part ways with the Wizards at some point, he’s confident it would be handled properly by the organization.
“I feel like we have a good relationship with our organization and our front office. I feel like if they were to do anything, it would be communicated. Or if I want our, it will be communicated.”
For what it’s worth, Beal’s extension last year surprised many folks in NBA circles. In the conversation with Redick, Beal explained his rationale behind the deal.
If Beal declines his player option for 2022-23—which would mark 10 years of service in D.C.—he would be eligible to ink the largest contract in NBA history, at five-years, $266 million. Also, Beal could hit free agency and sign a four-year, $198 million deal with a new team.
Beal signed a five-year, $128 million max contract with the Wizards in 2016.
The former Florida Gators standout finished second in the NBA in points per game (30.5) in 2019-20. As a consequence of Washington’s sub-.500 season (25-47), he was left off both the Eastern Conference All-Star team and the All-NBA teams.
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