That’s when Beal reportedly snapped, telling Wizards officials, “I’ve been dealing with this for seven years.”
Those words sounded ominous. Did Beal, who’s under contract two more seasons, want to leave? Does he still want to leave?
“Until the team doesn’t want me anymore, I’m gonna be here,” he said. “I’m here. I’m a Wizard, day in and day out. They pay me and I have to show up and do my work. Until that changes, that’s who I’m loyal to.”
“I always feel like if I requested a trade, and I didn’t get traded, there’s no way in hell I’m gonna be able to go and play with my teammates who know I don’t want to be here. That’s mind-boggling to me,” he said.
This is a great attitude for Beal while in Washington. Being all-in or all-out is a great way to live. Going halfway causes difficulties.
It looks particularly bad for a player to move on after comments like Beal’s. I hope he understand that. If he thought through the possibilities of how his mind could change later, great. If he’s too fixated on the present, that opens the door for egg on his face later.
Will Beal remain content in Washington? His remarks definitely nudge the expectation in that direction. I just can’t rule out the possibility of his mind changing later – especially as he nears 2021 free agency.