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Bradley Beal Views Trade Rumors 'As A Sign Of Respect'

May 29, 2020 12:44 PM

Bradley Beal has emerged in trade rumors even though the Washington Wizards have maintained the position publicly and privately that he's not available. Beal has also reiterated he wants to remain with the Wizards.

The New York Daily News reported last week that the Brooklyn Nets have had "internal discussions" on trading for Beal.

"It's not the first time I've heard this kind of talk," Beal told ESPN. "It's interesting. To me, I look at it as a sign of respect, that I've been doing good things and guys want to play with me.

"That's an unbelievable feeling. When you hear that Kyrie [Irving] and KD [Kevin Durant] want you, s---, that's amazing. At the same time, you don't know how much there is to it, or how easy it would be to do. And I've put down roots in D.C. I've dedicated myself to this town, this community. I love it here, and it would feel great to know I could grind out winning here instead of jumping to another team.

"But I'd be naive to say that I don't think about it when these stories come up."

Beal wants to reunite with John Wall and see how the Wizards can compete.

"My biggest thing right now is that I want to play with John [Wall] again,'' Beal said. "I want to see him get back to that level where I know he can be, especially since my game has grown so much [while he's been out]. What can we accomplish together? I'm so happy he's healthy, working his tail off."

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John Wall Says He's '110%' Healthy, Focused On Next Season

May 27, 2020 1:33 AM

John Wall said he was fully recovered after surgery on his left heel and left Achilles tendon in 2018 and 2019.

Wall hasn't played in an NBA game since December 2018.

"I'm 110% I'm healthy. ... I'm itching to get back out there," said Wall.

Wall added that he will not return this season, regardless of how late the schedule goes.

"I'm just focused on getting back out there and watching how Brad [Beal] has developed, how our team has developed. how we have made changes in the organization to prepare ourselves for next season and see what we can do."

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Bradley Beal's Agent: 'There Are No Beal Sweepstakes'

May 24, 2020 1:02 PM

Mark Bartelstein, Bradley Beal's agent, said that his client with remain with the Washington Wizards amid trade rumors.

The Nets reportedly held talks over acquiring Beal.

“There are no Beal Sweepstakes and that’s why he re-signed with the Wizards,” said Mark Bartelstein.

“Brad re-signed with the Wizards because he wanted to stay in Washington and the Wizards wanted to keep him there.”

Beal signed a two-year, $72 million extension in October that will keep him with the Wizards through the 2023 season.

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Tags: Bradley Beal, Washington Wizards, Brooklyn Nets, NBA, NBA Trade Rumor

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Nets Hold Internal Talks On Trading For Bradley Beal

May 21, 2020 4:25 PM

The Brooklyn Nets have had internal discussions about trying to trade for Bradley Beal of the Washington Wizards.

Beal signed a two-year, $72 million extension last offseason that made him ineligible for a trade during the 19-20 season.

The Nets have documented interest in trading for a third star.

Brooklyn's best assets are Spencer Dinwiddie ($11.5 million), Caris LeVert ($16.2 million) and Jarrett Allen ($3.9 million).

Beal averaged a career-high 30.5 points this season with 6.1 assists on 46% shooting.

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Mavericks Tried To Sign Michael Jordan In 2001

May 7, 2020 1:23 PM

The Dallas Mavericks tried to sign Michael Jordan when he returned to the NBA for a second time and joined the Washington Wizards.

"I do have one Michael Jordan story," said Cuban. "The day he signed with the Washington Wizards to come back, right when I was buying the Mavs, David Falk said, ‘Why don’t you go meet him?’

“So I went to David Falk’s office and all the papers were there and I was trying to convince him not to sign them and to do something with the Mavs.”

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John Wall On Returning From Injury: 'I'm Gonna Be Better Than What I Was Before'

May 3, 2020 1:13 AM

John Wall said he looked forward to returning to the court and that the best of his career was yet to come.

"I'm watching these guys play. Like these young guys, they killing our team and they looking at our bench and stuff. Just know I got those written down in my notes for when I come back when they start next season. I can't wait to see them what I got, what I'm about. But I'm gonna be better than what I was before, and that's the scary part. ... They ain't even get the best of John Wall yet, they just got a clip of him," said Wall on the All the Smoke podcast.

Wall ruptured his Achilles in December of 2018.

Wall also addressed rumors of tension between him and Bradley Beal, saying that they bring the best out of one another.

"They always say, 'Well, they don't like each other. They downgrading each other.' Ain't no John Wall without Bradley Beal. Ain't no Bradley Beal without John Wall. We make each other better. We accommodate each other so well on the court and it works easy for us."

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John Wall Won't Return During 19-20 Season No Matter How Long Suspension Lasts

Mar 25, 2020 11:58 AM

John Wall won't return from his ruptured Achilles during the 19-20 season regardless of how long it is delayed.

Wall suffered the injury in January of 2019.

“We’ve said all along that we can’t wait until John plays next season, and I think that will still be our attitude and our stance,” Tommy Sheppard said in a recent interview. “We’re very anxious to see John Wall in uniform next year. I don’t think any of this changes that.”

The Wizards expect Wall to be back for the 20-21 season.

Candace Buckner/Washington Post

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Capital City Go-Go Claim Jordan Bell

Mar 10, 2020 9:42 PM

The Capital City Go-Go have claimed Jordan Bell on waivers.

The Go-Go are the G League affiliate of the Wizards.

Bell was recently waived by the Memphis Grizzlies. 

Fred Katz/The Athletic

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Celtics 'Aggressively Pursued' Trade For Davis Bertans

Feb 11, 2020 2:21 PM

The Boston Celtics "aggressively pursued" a trade for Davis Bertans at the trade deadline, according to Chris Mannix of Sports Illustrated. 

The Wizards are hoping to re-sign Bertans and resisted trade offers for him as he has a breakout season.

According to Mannix, the Celtics were "willing to go deep into the draft war chest to pry Bertains loose."

The "war chest" of the Celtics is an outdated mode of thinking as they only own this year's first round pick from the Memphis Grizzlies and the Milwaukee Bucks.

Chris Mannix/Sports Illustrated

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John Wall Won't Return Until 20-21 Season

Feb 7, 2020 11:29 AM

Tommy Sheppard clarified the Washington Wizards won't get John Wall back from his Achilles injury until the 20-21 season.

Sheppard was addressing how Bradly Beal's life will be easier "when he gets John back next year."

Sheppard was then asked to explain why Wall shouldn't be expected back until the start of 20-21.

"I think we have maintained that all along. We didn't plan on seeing him this year. I think that's fair to John, to manage the expectations for him," Sheppard said. "He's on his way, but he's not there and he's not close yet. He's a lot closer than he was a year ago when the injury happened."

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