NBA: Westbrook tried to convince Beal to ask Wizards for a trade
The Washington Wizards will host a media day later this afternoon at 2 p.m. ET from the Entertainment and Sports Arena in Congress Heights. We’ll be live tweeting highlights as they happen! In the meantime, there is another report on how a former guard tried to get Bradley Beal out of town.
According to Bill Oram, Shams Charania and Sam Amick of The Athletic (subscription required), Russell Westbrook tried to get Beal to ask for a trade in Washington ahead of the NBA Draft. To be clear, most of the article focused on what set the bar in motion for the Westbrook business in LA.
The summary of The Athletic article was as follows. NBA insiders didn’t believe Westbrook would be traded because the Wizards had not made him available in any trade talks. However, Westbrook got wind that the Lakers were ready to trade Kyle Kuzma and Montrezl Harrell for Buddy Hield of the Sacramento Kings. From that point on, along with other conversations with LeBron James, it set in motion for a draft deal on July 29. Westbrook called Wizards owner Ted Leonsis to request the trade that day.
This is not all of course. Westbrook also tried to convince Beal to request a trade in Washington in the weeks leading up to the NBA Draft. Although Beal never requested an exchange in Washington, he supported Westbrook’s decision to move.
Ultimately that’s news, but it’s not unexpected given that we’ve seen the end result. However, it’s interesting that Westbrook apparently believed that Beal and his talents were better used for another team. I can’t disagree, assuming Beal wants to be part of a championship contender right away. But for now, Beal remains a wizard, and the team are still looking forward to building on his playoff appearance from last season.