Report: Beal focused on turning Wizards' season around, not a trade


As the Wizards fell to 3-11 on the season and Bradley Beal's frustrated facial expressions circulated on social media, buzz about the superstar two-guard requesting a trade out of Washington picked up steam. 

If Beal ever became available for trade, his next destination would likely reshape the balance of power in the league. Because of that possibility, several teams around the league are monitoring his situation with the Wizards. 

However, Beal's focus remains on getting the Wizards back on track, per ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski

"I talked to Brad's agent and he told me that right now, Brad's focus with the Wizards is turning this season around," Wojnarowski said on The Jump Thursday. "When he signed that extension, he knew there was going to be a period of growth."

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Woj mentioned a potential "frenzy" on the trade market if Beal ever became available. The Warriors have a top-3 protected first-round pick this year from arguably the worst team in the league in Minnesota along with promising young big man James Wiseman. Meanwhile, the Nuggets could potentially offer Michael Porter Jr. in a package for Beal. Woj also included the Clippers and Lakers as teams that would love to get involved in potential trade discussions. 


As of now, though, the teams monitoring Beal's situation in Washington haven't gotten an indication that he's available. 

"You talk to other teams all over the league monitoring the Beal situation closely and looking for any inkling that he might become available," Wojnarowski said. "Teams typically know before anybody else does. Before we even report it, they will know that there's an opening there. None of them sense that right now."

When Beal signed a two-year extension to stay with the Wizards, he did it because he wanted to win in D.C. The team hasn't been very successful on the court since he agreed to that contract, but it appears he's not wavering on his decision. 

As the Wizards get more players back from the league's COVID-19 health and safety protocols, they'll be in a better position to make up ground in the standings. Their road back begins Friday against the Hawks in Capital One Arena. 

Tune in to NBC Sports Washington at 6 p.m. Friday for full coverage of the Wizards' next game against the Hawks.