Bradley Beal, his agent Mark Bartlestein told Bleacher Report, would like to stay in Washington - even as he's a hot topic among front offices as the trade deadline approaches.
From Bleacher Report:
His agent, Mark Bartelstein, is not looking for a trade. "Brad wants to win, Bartelstein told B/R. "He wants to win at the highest level, and he wants to compete for championships. I think he's seeing progress, and he's going to do everything he can to lead this team. They got themselves into a huge hole, and he's going to do his best to get them out of it.
The Wizards are facing tough decisions when it comes to the future of the franchise as this season's trade deadline approaches. Beal, as NBC Sports Washington's Ben Standig detailed this week, is among the most tradable assets they have, especially when it comes to their three major contracts. But owner Ted Leonsis took a firm stance against tanking while speaking to reporters in London, and Beal is integral to their playoff hopes with John Wall sidelined.
This isn't the first time this season that Beal has denied wanting to be anywhere but DC. When drama swirled around the team earlier this season, Beal denied a report that he had requested a trade.
"That's nonsense," he said at the time. "I heard it earlier before the game and I was like, 'If it didn't come from the horse's mouth, it wasn't me.' I got this Washington jersey on and I come here and work everyday, you know, until otherwise. This is where I wanna be."
Earlier this season, it was reported that the Raptors were interested in Beal but couldn't afford what the Wizards were asking for him. According to the latest report on Beal from Bleacher Report, there are a number of teams who may still be interested.
Again, from Bleacher Report:
There are so many teams in the mix trying to make that extra push that want Beal," a Western Conference executive told B/R.
But even if some fans are clamoring for a big trade at the deadline, the price tag for Beal - who had 26 points in the Wizards' comeback win over the Knicks this week - only seems to be rising.
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In the lead-up to the 2018 NFL Draft, one name in particular stood out to many Redskins fans — Derwin James.
The Florida State safety would not only fill a need, the thinking went, but could energize a franchise in search of a permanent solution at that position since the passing of Pro Bowler Sean Taylor in 2007.
Washington had an opportunity to draft James when he was still on the board at No. 13 overall, instead opting to take Alabama defensive lineman Daron Payne.
The Los Angeles Chargers ultimately selected James shortly after at No. 17 overall and, though Payne was solid as a rookie for the Redskins, James is squarely in the conversation for the NFL's Defensive Rookie of the Year award after posting 105 total tackles, 3.5 sacks, and three interceptions.
On Sunday, it was former Dallas Cowboys quarterback and current television analyst Tony Romo who drew a direct line between Taylor, the beloved Redskins legend, and James during the first quarter of the AFC Divisional Round game between the New England Patriots and Los Angeles Chargers.
“You can’t say enough about him. He is absolutely the real deal. People have been trying to talk about who he reminds them of and it’s hard," Romo said. "I think he’s like Sean Taylor from the Redskins. He does a little bit of everything.
"We call him a position less player. You put him where you think the ball’s going to go most often during the game," Romo added.
James was selected to the Pro Bowl for his efforts as a rookie, as well as being named a First Team All-Pro.
The Redskins have not had a player named to the All-Pro First Team since punter Matt Turk in 1996.
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The Syracuse Orange host the North Carolina Tar Heels, who are lookign to bounce back from a tough loss against Florida State.
Syracuse, meanwhile, is ranked No. 12 in the country, and on a seven-game win streak.
Tip-off is set for 3:00 p.m. ET on Sunday and will be broadcast on NBC Sports Washington Plus.
North Carolina at Syracuse How to Watch
What: North Carolina Tar Heels at Syracuse Orange
Where: Carrier Dome, Syracuse, N.Y.
When: 3:00 p.m. ET
TV Channel: NBC Sports Washington Plus (channel finder)
Radio: Listen here
North Carolina at Syracuse Preview
Conference: ACC (North Carolina), Atlantic Coast (Syracuse)
Record: 9-7 (North Carolina), 13-2 (Syracuse)
Last Game: 63-54 loss vs. Florida State, 1/6 (North Carolina), 75-73 @ Virginia Tech (OT), 1/6(Syracuse)
Leading Scorers: Janelle Bailey, 17.1ppg (North Carolina), Tiana Mangakahia, 16ppg (Syracuse)