Bradley Beal is doubling down on his desire to stay with the Washington Wizards, saying he wants to play in DC his whole career.
Beal’s proclamation comes as trade rumors continue to swirl about the shooting guard, with some insiders suggesting Beal needs a change of scenery if he wants to be on a winning team, including a move to the Lakers.
Beal, who recently purchased a home in Los Angeles, wants nothing to do with the rumors and says he loves playing for the Wizards and said he has always felt strongly about the organization even through adversity.
“[Playing his entire career in Washington] would mean the world, man. I’m a loyal guy. I want to be here. I’m here. I’ve signed my extension. And that will mean the world to me. That honestly would you know, being able to finish your career in one place? You know, you don’t see that in today’s game…“
Beals words hold a lot of weight in a league where stars now leave to form super teams.
We don’t see the Tim Duncan’s, Dirk Nowitzki, and Kobe Bryant types, who reamin with one franchise, in the game anymore.
Loyalty is something that is rare, but players who do stay loyal to a franchise and ride through the bad times are rewarded with a team legacy.
Nowitzki had chances to leave and stuck with the Mavericks and finally got that elusive title cementing his stature in the organization and his legacy as a player who brought a title to his team instead of a player who chased one.
“My ultimate goal is to win. I want to win and we got to win. And I know we can win. I know it’s a place where we can win and I know it’s a place where we can get guys to come here to win. But we got to go prove it on the floor for sure.” Said Beal.