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Bradley Beal praises Scott Brooks, declines to say whether he endorses an extension

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The Washington Wizards guard praised Brooks but declined to give an opinion on whether he thought the team’s head coach should return. That said, it seems like Beal is fine with Brooks returning.

The Washington Wizards’ season 2020-21 NBA season is over. One of the biggest moves the team could make is to not bring Scott Brooks back as head coach next season. His five-year contract just ended.

Chase Hughes of NBC Sports Washington asked Bradley Beal after the game during press availability about his thoughts on head coach Scott Brooks and whether he should get an extension next season. You can listen to the question at the 2:51 mark of the video above.

“We don’t know what the future holds,” Beal said in regard to that. “That’s out of my hands.”

Before some try to insinuate that Beal wants Brooks gone, Beal began his statement praising Brooks’ job over the past five years, calling him a “true players’ coach.” Also, Wizards guard Russell Westbrook said in his postgame interview that he would like Brooks back (question asked at the 5:20 mark) because he did a “hell of a job:”

I don’t want to read too much into what Beal or Westbrook said. But it seems like they would like to see him return, and fans shouldn’t hold their hopes too high for an opposite outcome.

While the Wizards didn’t have as strong of a regular season as many of us would have liked, the players didn’t quit on themselves, when it could have easily happened at several points, especially in January after the Wizards lost five straight games to start the season and had a coronavirus outbreak soon after.

It will be interesting to see how the next few days go at Monumental Basketball’s practice facility in Congress Heights while we wait to see what the future holds for Brooks.