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PBT Podcast: Should the Wizards trade Bradley Beal?

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WASHINGTON, DC - JANUARY 25: Bradley Beal #3 of the Washington Wizards reacts to a call in the fourth quarter during the game against the LA Clippers at Capital One Arena on January 25, 2022 in Washington, DC. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by G Fiume/Getty Images)

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The star everybody – including his own team – should be talking more about ahead of the trade deadline: Bradley Beal.

Beal has shown significant loyalty to the Wizards. He continues to say how much he appreciates a franchise building around him, which wouldn’t happen if he joins a super team elsewhere. There’s something cool about a star spending his entire career with the same team, trying to hurdle rather than dodge any obstacles, even if it ultimately results in less success. The journey can be rewarding, and the victories are even sweeter.

But Beal reportedly won’t sign a $181,301,299 max contract extension before the trade deadline.

Maybe that’s just so he can re-sign for $242 million over five years this summer. Yet, that route also opens the door for him leaving as an unrestricted free agent.

Beal has talked about being selfish for the first time in his career. A catastrophic loss this week could be ominous. How Washington sends him into the summer could be highly important. Despite a strong start, the Wizards aren’t even a lock for the postseason, let alone the playoffs.

On the latest ProBasketballTalk Podcast, Dan Feldman and Ben Standig of The Athletic discuss the difficult decisions facing Washington and Beal: