Source: @RealDealBeal23 has made it known in no uncertain terms that he wants out of Washington pronto.— Chris Sheridan (@sheridanhoops) November 26, 2018
Bryan Oringher, the Wizards' former video coordinator, claims he "confirmed" Sheridan's report with a "strong source."
ICYMI: I’ve confirmed 100% w/ a strong source that it’s true. Bradley Beal hasn’t demanded a trade but definitely wants a new home. @wojespn @BulletsForever @Truth_About_It @MikePradaSBN @FredKatz @CandaceDBuckner @BenStandig @davidaldridgedc @HousefromDC @ChaseHughesNBCS https://t.co/ArZvvkrWUd— Bryan Oringher (@BryanOringher) November 27, 2018
Trade rumors and speculation surrounding the likes of Beal and John Wall have swirled since last week's "Woj bomb" that Washington is willing to consider trade offers for their two All-Star guards. Beal also allegedly called out team president Ernie Grunfeld at a recent practice that got very heated.
(1/2) Just spoke with Bradley Beal's agent, Mark Bartelstein, re: the report that cites a source who says Beal wants out of Washington.Bartelstein strongly denies the report.— Candace Buckner (@CandaceDBuckner) November 26, 2018
(2/2) Bartelstein on the Beal report: "That is absolutely not true. The only sources that would know Brad thinking’s are Brad and myself. And Brad’s focus is 100% on helping the #Wizards play consistent, winning basketball.”— Candace Buckner (@CandaceDBuckner) November 26, 2018
As for Beal himself, he played like a man committed to his team in Monday's 135-131 overtime win over the Rockets. He scored 32 points and played some strong late-game defense on reigning league MVP James Harden, who had 54 for Houston.
Bradley Beal has all of a sudden become the Beard Stopper.— Chase Hughes (@ChaseHughesNBCS) November 27, 2018
Bradley Beal locked alllll the way in!!!!— Candace Buckner (@CandaceDBuckner) November 27, 2018
After the game, Beal denied Sheridan's report, too, calling it "nonsense."
Bradley Beal on report that he wants to be traded: "That's nonsense. I heard it earlier before the game and I was like if it ain't come from the horse's mouth, it wasn't me. I got this Washington jersey on, I come out and work everyday until otherwise. This is where I want to be" pic.twitter.com/P7Odl2X6cw— Hoop District (@HoopDistrictDC) November 27, 2018
The Wizards have now won three of their last four, and if this short spell of success continues, there's little chance Grunfeld and Washington part with arguably their best on-court asset in Beal.