Few NBA players, if any, appear to be as loyal to their franchise as Bradley Beal is to the Washington Wizards.
According to a report from The Athletic, Russell Westbrook tried to convince the Wizards star to request a trade out of Washington. Westbrook, who played for the Wizards for one season, requested a trade out following the 2020-21 year. He was able to push for a trade to Los Angeles, where he joined LeBron James and Anthony Davis.
Westbrook reportedly wanted Beal to request a trade, too. According to The Athletic, Westbrook tried to get Beal to join him in leaving Washington.
However, Beal declined. He chose to stay with the Wizards, who added some notable pieces this offseason in Spencer Dinwiddie, Kyle Kuzma, Montrezl Harrell and Kentavious Caldwell-Pope.
The NBA world is impressed by Beal's loyalty to the Wizards, though many question if it will actually pay off.
"All the loyal players in the league, Dame, Beal, Embiid etc. should just make a pact to go team up on each others teams then rotate between them. Every franchise gets a chip," one fan suggested.
"I respect guys like Beal and Lillard. The mindset of "going to make this team better" vs "have daddy stack my team with all the good players" is what sports is about," another fan added.
"On one hand it is respectable. On the other hand, the expectations for those guys will always be lower b/c they have an out that their teams are not good. When you stack the deck, there is always that championship or bust pressure that you are putting yourself through," one fan wrote.
Beal and the Wizards are coming off a first round playoff loss in 2021. Washington will hope to go deeper in 2021-22, though it will be tough in the improved Eastern Conference.