Wizards, Beal Future is in balance at the deadline

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The NBA trade deadline is about a week away, and the Washington Wizards are at the center of many league-wide conversations. Currently 24-27 on the season and having recently lost six straight games by averaging 11.5 points, the Wizards fell to 12th place in the Eastern Conference at one point, with their playoff chances looking bleak.

Bradley Beal has once again been the main offensive focal point for the Wizards, but their supporting cast is still struggling and Beal’s future in Washington is in jeopardy.

There has been a lot of talk over the past offseason about Bradley Beal’s next contract and whether he will remain with the Washington Wizards. Beal is in his 10th season in both the NBA and with the Wizards, but he’s been part of many rebuilds with the organization.

Now at the height of his career and at just 28 years old, Bradley Beal could very well be looking to take his talents elsewhere instead of trying to build something in Washington again.

LATEST NBA NEWS AND TRADE RUMOR: Bradley Beal conflicted over future with Washington Wizards

After this season, Beal has a $36.4 million player option that he could very well turn down in order to become an unrestricted free agent. With a projected maximum contract extension of $242 million over five years, the Wizards will certainly be able to offer the most money to their All-Star, but he could also choose to sign with another team on a contract. projected maximum worth about $180 million over four. year.

According to David Aldridge and Josh Robbins of The Athletic, Bradley Beal is “conflicted” over his long-term future as a member of the Washington Wizards. He has a desire to stay with the organization and keep trying to build something in Washington, but Beal is ‘unsure’ about the team’s chances of surrounding him with the ‘distinctive talent’ needed to succeed. .

“Several league sources have indicated that Beal remains conflicted. His desire to stay his entire career with the franchise that took him to third place overall in 2012 remains genuine. But Beal also remains uncertain about whether the Wizards can surround him with the difference-making talent that will make him a regular playoff contender. His claim in a recent interview with NBC Sports Washington’s Chris Miller that another Play-In Tournament appearance would be a step back for him speaks volumes.

With the NBA trade deadline about a week away and this news just breaking, the question for the Wizards now is should they consider trading Bradley Beal?

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