The Washington Wizards hit another dry spell this season, and their shooting guard Bradley Beal was nowhere near satisfied with this repetitive outcome for the last several seasons.
He joined the Wizards as the third overall pick in the 2012 NBA draft, but in his 11-year professional career, there was nothing noteworthy about the team’s achievements except one divisional championship. Finally, it started taking its toll on the Wizards star after another season went by without a postseason appearance.
In a recent interview, Bradley expressed his frustration candidly towards the team for their lack of achievement in recent years.
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What did Bradley Beal say?
The 29-year-old was pretty discontented after they finished the season in 12th place in the Eastern Conference. The record was identical to the last season when Wes Unseld took over as head coach for the Wizards.
In a press conference, the SG was asked about his future at Washington as he just spent the first year of a newly signed five-year, $251 million contract in 2022. “No I don’t use my no-trade clause as like a trump card. It’s not me, that’s beneath me,” he replied.
“I’m definitely frustrated. I’m also at peace with where I am and who we are, and what we need to do to be better,” the three-time all-star added. “It’s nothing I can do… We know where we failed and how we have to be better.”
Bradley Beal says he wouldn’t use his no-trade clause as “a trump card” for leverage with the Wizards’ front office this summer. pic.twitter.com/lP8DCi8C4z
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“It’s never one time where I’m like, ‘you know what, I’m out of here,’ you know? But I very well could, like you said, because I do have a no-trade. But I don’t use it as a trump,” Beal concluded.
In the disastrous season, he scored on average 23.2 points with 3.9 rebounds and 5.4 assists per game in 50 appearances. On the other hand, the Wizards ended with a 35-47 record, just like last season.
The last time they saw any achievement was in the 2016–17 season when they clinched the Southeast Division and ended their run by losing to the Boston Celtics in the conference semifinals. The frustration increased exponentially with every season, and the 6.4-footer’s expression was a clear sample.
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