After Sunday night’s loss to the San Antonio Spurs the Washington Wizards now sit at 3-9, just one spot above the Detroit Pistons at the bottom of the NBA standings. The one bright spot for the Wizards has been their star shooting guard Bradley Beal, who currently leads the league in scoring at 34.5 points per game. With Beal coming into his contract year and the Wizards continuing to struggle it may be time for Beal demand a trade to a team where he believes he can contend.
Washington came into the season with optimism about their playoff chances after acquiring Russell Westbrook to pair with Beal but the combination has clearly not worked. Westbrook has been wildly inefficient shooting just 37 percent from the field while still taking over 18 shots per game. Westbrook also leads the league in turnovers at 5.1 per game. Washington’s problems haven’t solely been on Westbrook however, the Wizards have the second worst defensive team in the league letting up over 115 points per 100 possessions.
If Beal demands a trade the Wizards will have a chance to completely rebuild around some of their younger players like Rui Hachimura and Deni Avdija. Considering the trade packages that teams have acquired recently the Wizards could come out of a trade with a solid foundation of pieces to rebuild with. The Wizards could look at the assets that Houston got in return for James Harden or even what New Orleans got for Jrue Holiday and demand teams offer similar deals.
At just 27 years old Beal is in the middle of his prime and could be the final piece for a team looking to add a player to push them over the top. Beal has noted in the past that his main priority in his career is winning and at this point it doesn’t look like thats going to happen in Washington. Rather than wasting the best years of his career it’s time for Beal to play for a contending team where he can make a real impact on winning.
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