Just last week, Wizards guard Bradley Beal acknowledged there is at least some validity to the trade rumors involving him, telling the 'Old Man and the Three' podcast that "a lot of teams are calling." Still, nothing has changed from the Wizards' side of things, as general manager Tommy Sheppard explained Tuesday on the 'Grant and Danny' show on 106.7 The Fan.
Sheppard expressed in detail how the relationship between him and Beal remains strong and that Beal has not asked to be traded.
"Brad absolutely has been committed to us. Last summer, he signed an extension with us. I think we're absolutely committed to him. The biggest thing we ask for each other is 'hey, let's go win,'" Sheppard said.
"He and I have been a straight line of communication throughout the offseason. He's really excited for next season. He hasn't given any indication whatsoever on that and I wouldn't expect to hear about it from anybody but him. He and I have always been straight-line, Grant. And I think he's as committed to D.C. as he always has been."
Sheppard continued to express understanding for Beal's situation, knowing it may be hard at times for him to stay patient as the Wizards retool and set up for what they hope is a big leap forward next season.
"Last year was very difficult as we rotated our entire roster without John [Wall]. Bradley had to take upon so much on his shoulders and it was difficult. And on top of everything else, with the interruption of the season. Everything that happened, throughout all of it Bradley was a professional and a great leader. The biggest travesty in the NBA last season was him not being on the All-NBA team or on the All-Star team. He certainly deserved those things," Sheppard said.
The last part nods to how frustrated Beal was not earning those honors despite averaging 30.5 points per game, most in the Eastern Conference. The Wizards' record certainly didn't help his cause.
As long as Beal and the Wizards are on good terms, then there may be nothing to see here. But things could get more interesting once free agency begins, as there are no game-changing stars available.
A contending team looking to make a big splash may have no choice but to do so via trade. That could lead to someone making a desperate offer, one the Wizards have no choice but to consider.