Bradley Beal Hopes to Remain with Washington Wizards Long Term
Bad news for all Bradley Beal suitors, he has no intentions of going anywhere. In an era where trade demands and ring chasing have become common, it is admirable to see players loyal to their teams and cities.
Amidst a disastrous season where he was involved in trade speculation earlier on, Beal insists that he is “different than a lot of people” and that he “hates change”, according to Yahoo Sports’ Chris Haynes. “I hate being different. You know, I hate all of that…if I can, 100 percent, I’d die in that Wizards jersey. Until that day comes, I’m going to just duke it out day-by-day, play out my contract. If they want me, I’m staying. If they don’t, it was great,” said Beal.
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Beal credits his loyalty to the team to how he was raised. “At the end of the day, I’m here”, he added. “I don’t think I’m going nowhere and they’ve made it clear to me. And until that day that I’m moving in another jersey, I’m going to fight my tail off to get a championship.”
Beal was drafted third overall in the 2012 draft by the Wizards and is averaging career highs in points (25.7), boards (5.1), assists (5.4) and steals (1.4) this season.