Following a report by ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski on Monday morning about the possibility that every member of the Wizards' roster, including stars John Wall and Bradley Beal, could be available in a potential trade with the right suitor, more followed Monday -- this time about frustration boiling over in practice.
Story filed to ESPN: The Wizards fined All-Star John Wall for unloading a verbal barrage onto coach Scott Brooks in a recent practice. After Wall and his teammates had been challenged to raise intensity in that session, Wall fired back with "F--- you," to Brooks. Story soon.— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) November 20, 2018
On Saturday, the #Wizards had this heated practice in which Bradley Beal and Austin Rivers had a verbal altercation.— Candace Buckner (@CandaceDBuckner) November 20, 2018
Beal grew heated and gestured toward Pres Ernie Grunfeld, and said something along the lines 'It starts at the top.'
More details coming.
According to sources, John Wall and Jeff Green also got into it and their player-on-player verbal altercation led to Coach Scott Brooks trying to intervene and that's when Wall hurled an expletive at the coach.— Candace Buckner (@CandaceDBuckner) November 20, 2018
Along with John Wall fine, recent practice included All-Star Bradley Beal taking aim at Wizards officials, including president Ernie Grunfeld: “I’ve been dealing with this s— for 7 years — it starts top-down.” Jeff Green and Wall, Beal and Austin Rivers had heated altercations.— Shams Charania (@ShamsCharania) November 20, 2018
Prior to the publication of Monday afternoon's reports, Bradley Beal addressed the day's earlier reports when speaking with the media.
“I mean, I’m not going to be naïve to it, you know,” Beal said. “I have a phone just like everybody else does. There were rumors weeks ago. Then, I didn’t buy into them. Now, I’m still not going to buy into them because if that’s my main priority and focus then I’m going to be messed up on the floor.”
As reports continued to swirl Monday, forward Kelly Oubre appeared to allude to the situation on Twitter.
A spokesperson for the Wizards declined to comment on the reports.
The Wizards return to the court to face the Clippers on Tuesday at Capital One Arena.
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