Los Angeles Lakers seem to have tried signing Washington Wizards’ Bradley Beal on multiple occasions.
Beal, Wizards’ first-round pick in the 2012 NBA draft, has been a star man for the franchise in recent years. There have been many rumors over the years of various teams waning to sign Beal. However, he stayed in Washington and had signed another extension last year.
During an appearance on the “Load Management” podcast, Shams Charania of The Athletic believed Beal will have to make his decision on his future.
“At the end of the day it’s going to be up to Bradley Beal. Because they’re ultimately going to offer him the supermax contract that they can offer, and he’s going to have to make a decision on whether the Wizards are the right fit moving forward. There are several teams, you can say that about all 29 teams, you know ‘we’re interested.’ You can literally,” he said.
While naming the teams he knew who tried to sign Beal, Charania said that the Lakers made multiple attempts.
“New Orleans was a team that I’d heard last year had looked into it. All 29 teams across the league, if you’re trying to win games — The Lakers, at different points, they’ve had interest in Beal — if you’re trying to win basketball games, you’re going to have interest in Bradley Beal,” he said.
What Beal chooses for his future remains upto him. There seems to be a good chance that he might stay in Washington. In an interview in March earlier this year, Beal talked about wanting to stay with the Wizards for a long time. He named legends like Kobe Bryant as an example of players who played their whole career with a single team.
A few weeks back, reports from Fred Katz of The Athletic hinted at Beal staying with the Wizards at least for the near future.
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