The Wizards are committed to keeping Bradley Beal which also means that they aren’t interested in committing into a full-scale rebuild.
That doesn’t mean that teams won’t try.
The Miami Heat apparently wanted him, according to Matt Barnes on ESPN’s “The Jump” on Sunday. This is because they have reportedly acquired Jimmy Butler in a four-team trade and now, they want to get another start to play alongside him.
Matt Barnes: "I'm also hearing they're [Miami Heat] trying to pair him [Jimmy Butler] with Bradley Beal." pic.twitter.com/RAL1KwOpHa— Hoop District (@HoopDistrictDC) July 1, 2019
Fred Katz of The Athletic and Adrian Wojnarowski calmed the Beal to Miami rumor — for now — reaffirming that the Wizards have no interest trading their franchise player away.
Guys, just slow your roll on Bradley Beal to the Heat. Every indication I have is the Wizards have no intention of trading him and even if they did, I have no idea what Miami could possibly give up that would come close to the best offer for him.— Fred Katz (@FredKatz) July 1, 2019
To no surprise, Adrian Wojnarowski shuts down the idea of the Miami Heat trading for Bradley Beal. Tommy Sheppard and company have made it clear they are not moving him and the Heat do not even have enough assets to make a realistic offer. pic.twitter.com/xJjZaxdPYA— Hoop District (@HoopDistrictDC) July 1, 2019
Though this rumor is effectively dead today, just because the Wizards said that they won’t trade Beal today doesn’t mean that they may not have a change of heart soon. Other teams who missed out on Kevin Durant and Kyrie Irving may start bidding for Beal’s services and give the Wizards an offer they can’t refuse.
We’ll see what the Wizards do in the coming days and weeks ahead!