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Bradley Beal remains uncertain about his future with the Wizards

NEW YORK, NEW YORK - OCTOBER 15: Bradley Beal #3 of the Washington Wizards handles the ball on offense against the New York Knicks during a preseason game at Madison Square Garden on October 15, 2021 in New York City. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Steven Ryan/Getty Images)
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The clock continues to tick for the Wizards to prove themselves to Bradley Beal. The all-star guard has spent his entire career in Washington but has yet to enjoy many team successes. With the lure of teaming up with other stars always lurking about, the team has to make something happen soon. Per recent reports, players have continued to recruit Beal, and he has gradually become more inclined to take their pleas under consideration.

As he can become an unrestricted free agent next Summer, Beal can leverage the situation in his favor. At a $33.7M cap hit, Washington can amass plenty of assets in return for their leading scorer. They’ve accumulated some promising prospects in the last few drafts. Moreover, by trading Russell Westbrook last offseason, they managed to deepen their roster all the more.

A Bradley Beal trade could still leave the team with enough talent and depth to remain competitive. That said, we all know that star-power is what delivers NBA championships, and without Beal, the Wizards likely wouldn’t have any left. We’ll have to wait and see what becomes of the situation as the season progresses.

Bradley Beal on the Wizards

Drafted third overall in the 2012 NBA draft, the Wizards struck gold in their selection of Bradley Beal. The Florida swingman entered the NBA with great potential. Over the years, Beal became a mainstay in Washington, creating a formidable duo with John Wall.

The pair led the team to four playoff appearances in five years. At their peak in 2017, they came just one game short of bringing Washington to its first Conference Finals since 1979. Despite their lack of success, Beal has still thrived. He has earned all-star selections in three of the last four seasons.

To this point, he has blossomed into an elite scorer, averaging over 30 points per game for two straight years. He’ll look to extend that streak as the Wizards season gets underway tonight. They’ll go on the road to take on the Toronto Raptors.

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