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Report: Wizards not looking to trade Bradley Beal unless he demands one

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In an offseason filled with trade-machine manipulating and consistent rumors, a recent report from ESPN’s Zach Lowe suggests the Washington Wizards have no interest in trading Bradley Beal unless Beal explicitly says he’d like to part ways with the organization - but that doesn't mean there aren't offers out there - with high draft picks attached to them.

“The Wizards have shown no interest in trading Beal for either pick [Timberwolves No. 1, Warriors No. 2], sources say. Ditto for Phoenix with Devin Booker and Philadelphia with Ben Simmons,” Lowe said. “Again: If Beal forces Washington's hand, a package centered on the No. 1 pick is nothing to sneeze at.”

Of all of the realistic offers for Beal, Lowe pointed to one that the Nuggets could make - if they're willing to include Michael Porter Jr.

Again from Lowe: "Meanwhile, the Nuggets can trump most realistic offers for Beal if they include Porter. That is a brutally tough decision. Porter has flaws and carried the reddest of red injury flags into the draft, but 6-foot-10 dudes who shoot the lights out -- with defenders in their face -- are incredibly rare. Porter is 22 -- five years younger than Beal. To include him, the Nuggets would be smart to seek assurances from Beal that he would stay long-term."

Beal signed a two-year extension in 2019, which includes a player option for 2022-23. That assurance that he would say longterm may not come so easily from the Washington guard, who was very open on a recent podcast about what his goals are.

 

Lowe's report comes as the potential of Beal leaving Washington in a trade continues to be a hot topic among NBA pundits and GMs, even if not the Wizards front office during the 2020 offseason. 

He addressed that on a recent episode of the Old Man and the Three podcast.

"Teams are trying. A lot of them are calling, a lot of them are inquiring and putting packages together, trying to see if they can get me," Beal said. "That's not a secret. They've been doing that for the last couple of years.

“It was more or less 'do I want to have something built around me?' or 'do I want to test the waters?'" he added. "I signed my deal and structured it to where I still have some flexibility because at the end of the day I still want to win. The organization has to show me that we want to win."