For a player who just completed his second season in the NBA, Bradley Beal hasn’t seen a shortage of trade rumors involving his name. From Rudy Gay, to James Harden, Greg Monroe and now Kevin Love, Bradley Beal has been involved in plenty of hypothetical trades that often times appear in the rumor mill.
Though Beal’s name will pop up in the rumors every now and then, the Washington Wizards have made it clear that they plan on keeping Beal around for the long haul. After a successful run in the NBA Playoffs which showcased the talents of Washington’s backcourt, which is comprised of All-star guard John Wall and rising star Bradley Beal, the Wizards will undoubtedly want to keep their core pieces together.
With that said, Beal isn’t worried about getting traded and addressed some of the rumors involving Kevin Love recently in an interview with SLAM Online. Check out the entire interview on SLAM for more quotes.
What was your reaction to your name being mentioned a little bit recently in possible trade rumors with Kevin Love?
BB: I heard it. But I wasn’t really too worried about it, because I talked to the GM [Ernie Grunfeld] and the Owner [Ted Leonsis] of the team, and Coach Witt, so I had nothing to worry about. At the end of the day, it was what it was. I think people kind of used that for leverage or whatever, but I’m not worried. I’m going to control what I can control, and I’m really focused on playing with the Wizards right now.
Bradley Beal is one of the NBA’s best young guards, and probably the best young shooting guard, so it’s no surprise that teams would be interested in acquiring him. With that said, the Wizards will obviously try to keep him along side John Wall for as long as possible with hopes of building something special in the nation’s capital.
Washington is hoping to build on their playoff success and Beal mentioned that making the Eastern Conference Finals would be a goal for next season. Bradley Beal also talked about the importance of keeping their team together, mentioning the importance of re-signing both Trevor Ariza and Marcin Gortat this off-season.
It’s pretty clear that the Wizards will look to keep their core group of players around next season, including Bradley Beal, and I’d be surprised if any major changes are made to the roster. Beal is one of the best young players in the NBA, and although he’ll probably continue to be involved in trade rumors, I’m certain he’ll be sticking around for quite some time.