• Bradley Beal was linked to a trade that would have sent him to the Warriors
  • He reportedly declined the move according to an NBA insider
  • The Wizards are quietly building a worthwhile team around Beal

The Washington Wizards have Bradley Beal locked up for the long term after signing him to a five-year, $251 million deal this offseason.

Beal’s new boatload of a contract also makes it unique as it includes a no-trade clause negotiated by him and the franchise.

NBA insider Brian Windhorst of ESPN recently revealed that the Golden State Warriors were really looking into making a move for Beal, but the player himself did not want to leave Washington at all.

In an appearance on the Dan Patrick Show, Windhorst explained to Patrick that trade rumors involving the Warriors are a very real thing ahead of the past season since the franchise was not sure then of whether their team was capable of winning a title.

This eventually led to the Warriors being linked to Beal.

“The Warriors have shown that they don’t care what they spend. They spent $350 million this year on this team… They kicked the tires on Bradley Beal and Beal didn’t want to go,” Windhorst stated.

“There was this period where [Russell] Westbrook thought Beal might ask for a trade and Beal didn’t, but Westbrook did.”

Beal is entering the 2022-23 NBA season at 29 years old and many NBA fans believed that the three-time All-Star was going to leave the Wizards and chase rings with other, more well-equipped teams.

However, Beal has shown that his priorities are different from his contemporaries.

Drafted third overall in the 2012 NBA draft, Beal has already seen Anthony Davis (first overall), Festus Ezeli (30th overall) and Khris Middleton (39th overall) win a title with the Los Angeles Lakers, Golden State Warriors and Milwaukee Bucks respectively.

To his credit, Beal has been doing everything in his power to make the Wizards competitive whenever possible, similar to what Damian Lillard (sixth overall) is trying with the Portland Trail Blazers.

Joining the Warriors would have surely given Beal the best chance at winning a ring, but it would need him to let go of signing a supermax extension with the Wizards.

While other players of different status join contending teams to win rings, the former Florida Gator seems more than content with staying in Washington and being the main man there.

The Wizards’ front office has been trying their hardest to build a contender around Beal since the departure of John Wall and is poised to do so after a flurry of moves throughout the past few seasons.

Acquiring Kristaps Porzingis from the Dallas Mavericks and Kyle Kuzma from the Lakers are major moves, which will help them contend even better in the coming years while also developing young studs like Rui Hachimura, Deni Avdija and 2022 10th overall pick Johnny Davis.

Beal has put his trust in the front office for the next five seasons of his career, and while there is a possibility that he might consider leaving then, the Wizards have the task of building a worthy contender around his insane scoring ability.

Bradley Beal, Washington Wizards
Bradley Beal #3 of the Washington Wizards handles the ball against the LA Clippers at Capital One Arena on January 25, 2022 in Washington, DC. G Fiume/Getty Images