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Rival Exec: Bradley Beal In Curry, Lillard Category In Terms Of 'Franchise Loyalty'

Mar 5, 2021 11:25 AM

The Washington Wizards and Bradley Beal have remained adamant publicly and privately that they don't want to consider a trade at this point.

While Beal hasn't had the kind of success enjoyed by Stephen Curry with the Golden State Warriors and Damian Lillard with the Portland Trail Blazers, the thought is he actually in the same category when it comes to wanting to remain with the team that drafted him.

“In terms of franchise loyalty, I think Beal is in the same category as Steph and Dame right now,” a rival executive said of Beal. The same executive said he's given up reaching out to the Wizards trying to trade for Beal.

Beal can become a free agent in 2022 as he has a player option worth $37.3 million.

Beal is widely considered the best player in the league who could conceivably hit the trade market.

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NBA Postpones Friday's Game Between Rockets-Mavericks Due To Texas Weather Emergency

Feb 18, 2021 3:29 PM

The NBA has postponed Friday's game between the Dallas Mavericks and Houston Rockets at the Toyota Center in Houston due to severe weather conditions.

The game will be rescheduled at a later date.

Millions of people in Texas are without power and usable water.

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Ish Smith Out 6-8 Weeks With Right Quadriceps Injury

Feb 17, 2021 9:00 PM

Ish Smith will miss approximately 6-8 weeks due to a right proximal quadriceps injury.

Smith suffered the injury during the game versus the Knicks on February 12.

Smith will be re-evaluated in approximately three weeks.

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Bradley Beal Out For Friday Game Due To Rest

Feb 12, 2021 1:09 AM

The Washington Wizards will rest Bradley Beal on Friday against the New York Knicks.

Beal has only missed one other game this season due to COVID-19 protocols.

Beal's agent recently reiterated that Beal wants to remain with the Wizards despite the team's struggles. 

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Wizards Granted $4.16M Disabled Player Exception

Feb 11, 2021 8:42 PM

The Washington Wizards have been granted a disabled player exception worth $4.16 million for the season-ending injury to Thomas Bryant.

The DPE will expire for the Wizards on April 19th.

Bryant suffered a torn ACL in January.

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Agent: Bradley Beal Doesn't Want To Quit On Something

Feb 11, 2021 3:25 PM

Bradley Beal has so far remained consistent in wanting to remain with the Washington Wizards amid what has been another disappointing season for the team.

“He doesn’t want to quit on something,” Beal’s agent, Mark Bartelstein of Priority Sports & Entertainment, told Yahoo Sports. “He’s an incredibly loyal guy, and he wants to always feel like he’s done everything he can to help something or someone be successful. It’s the way he was raised and what his values are based upon. It’s ingrained in him. It’s what makes him, in my mind, so unique. He’s all about the right things.”

Beal can become a free agent in 2022.

“Brad’s never been someone to run from adversity,” Pure Sweat Basketball’s Drew Hanlen, Beal’s longtime trainer, told Yahoo Sports. “While a lot of other stars have chosen to blame others and run to another team where things are easier, Brad wants to stick things out and help turn the Wizards into a winning franchise.”

“It’s the team that drafted him, the team that’s invested in him, and he desperately wants to make them a championship contender,” Bartelstein, who has represented Beal since the 2012 draft, told Yahoo Sports. “He wants to make it happen. That’s the way he is. He’s not looking for the easy way out. He challenges himself. The evolution of his game speaks volumes about how committed he is and how hard he works.”

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Pelicans, Nuggets, Warriors Given Best Odds If Wizards Trade Bradley Beal

Feb 3, 2021 2:18 PM

BetOnline has published odds for which team Bradley Beal will play for next if he's traded before the deadline on March 25th with the New Orleans Pelicans given the best odds at +250.

The Denver Nuggets (+300), Golden State Warriors (+350) and Dallas Mavericks (+400) round out the top-4.

The Miami Heat and Philadelphia 76ers are considered longer shots at +1000 and +1200, respectively, despite their reported interest in Beal.

Both Beal and the Washington Wizards have maintained that a trade is not desired currently.

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Bradly Beal Not Currently Interested In Requesting Trade From Wizards

Feb 2, 2021 11:27 AM

Bradley Beal has so far expressed a preference to remain with the Washington Wizards and does not want to be traded, sources tell The Athletic.

The Wizards have no interest in trading Beal given his position.

Beal "is privately frustrated and confused with the perpetual portrayal of his situation, according to sources familiar with his thinking." Beal feels he's getting "nitpicked" for electing to remain with the Wizards after many of his peers received criticism for requesting trades.

Teams don't anticipate Beal becoming available before the March 25th trade deadline. 

“(The Wizards) have maintained what they’ve always maintained,” one rival executive said. “They’re building something in Washington around Beal.”

Beal will be eligible for the 35 percent maximum contract with every NBA team as soon as the 2022 offseason.

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Pelicans' Interest In Bradley Beal Is 'One Of The Biggest Open Secrets Around The League'

Feb 2, 2021 1:31 AM

The New Orleans Pelicans are reportedly interested in trading for Bradley Beal, with Jake Fischer of Bleacher Report calling the situation "one of the biggest open secrets around the league."

Several Pelicans players have been linked with recent trade rumors, with the Bulls and Warriors interested in Lonzo Ball.

JJ Redick has also been linked with the Celtics, Nets, and 76ers

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Wizards Reportedly Planning 'Aggressive Pursuit' Of Masai Ujiri This Summer

Feb 2, 2021 1:26 AM

The Washington Wizards are reportedly planning to aggressively pursue Masai Ujiri for their President of Basketball Operations position this summer, according to Jake Fischer of Bleacher Report.

The Wizards had pursued Ujiri in previous offseasons, and were reportedly willing to offer more than $10 million per season and an opportunity for ownership equity. 

The Wizards have yet to hire for the role since Ernie Grunfeld left the team in 2019.

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NBA Reschedules Four Games, Pushes Back Start Times Of 16 Games

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Bradley Beal: I Want To Win, This Is Why I Stayed

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Teams Trying To Make Moves Now To Improve Eventual Offer To Wizards For Bradley Beal

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Scott Brooks Says Rhythm 'Totally Taken Away From Us' Following Wizards' Loss

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Wizards To Play First Game Since January 11th On Sunday Night

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Wizards To Sign Jordan Bell On 10-Day Contract

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Alex Len Agrees To One-Year Deal With Wizards

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Wizards-Bucks On Friday Night Postponed Due To Health And Safety Protocols

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Wizards Have Seventh Player Test Positive For COVID-19

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Six Wizards Players Test Positive For COVID-19, Three More In Protocol

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Heat Have 'High' Level Of Interest In Trading For Bradley Beal

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NBA Postpones Wizards-Cavaliers Games Scheduled For Sunday, Monday

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Wizards Promote Amber Nichols To GM Of Capital City Go-Go

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Wizards Have Five Players Test Positive For COVID-19

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Wizards Have Third Player Test Positive For COVID-19

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NBA Postpones Wednesday's Jazz-Wizards Game

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Wizards Cancel Practice After Two Players Enter COVID-19 Protocol

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Scott Brooks 'Firmly On Hot Seat' With Wizards Struggling

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Heat Expected To Remain Interested In James Harden, Bradley Beal

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Wizards Apply For $4.2M Disabled Player Exception For Thomas Bryant

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