I am a Wizards fan, and a fan of the NBA. I pay attention to other teams, and the Philadelphia 76ers more than most other NBA East teams. For the first 20 and most recent 20 years of my life, I live closer to Philly than DC.
Some players, especially those who who have already earned a few $million, value winning. For example, 2018 league MVP James Harden who says he will take "whatever is left over" from the 76ers for his next contract. He described that he wants their GM to find the players they need to win. And he knows that won’t leave the team enough money to pay him like Bradley Beal (he did not Beal).
Harden has been criticized about his attitude, but he is already on his way to the hall of fame, and clearly he isn’t focused on getting the last dollar instead of getting further into the playoffs.
In his interview with ESPN, Harden also described how he and the team’s other star discuss what it will take to win. "I talk with Joel frequently and we have meetings about how we are going to play and what we need to do to help our team win a championship." I wonder if Bradley Beal talks to Kristaps Porzingis about the upcoming season and how they will work together? I hope so. No matter what level a team is at in the competition, the two highest paid players should be discussing how they will lead their team to a better result.
That is not a role Taj Gibson can fill. Can $251M Beal provide leadership? Will he build a productive relationship with the newer younger star on the Wizards?