Is it the end of Wall/Beal or Just Beal and company era should end with this season?
Bradley Beal was drafted out of Florida to be a part of a dynamic duo with John Wall. And for a few years, Wall and Beal were just that, taking the team to a few years of fun playoff runs.
The Wall and Beal Combo got the Wizards to the Eastern Conference Semifinals to a game 7, when veteran Paul Pierce was added to the mix. That would be as good as it gets.
Wall couldn’t stay healthy, and generally neither could Beal. In 2020, after years of injuries John Wall was to traded away to Houston, in return the Wizards received Russell Westbrook.
Westbrook and Beal made a late season run to get the Wizards into the playoffs as a play in team. The Wizards won their play in game and earned an 8th seed, and the assignment of playing the Philadelphia 76ers in the playoffs in the true first round.
The Wiz were summarily turned around and sent home by the Sixers, four games to one. Westbrook was traded to Los Angeles which has been a disaster, and in return the Wizards received Kentavious Caldwell-Pope, Montrezl Harrell, and Kyle Kuzma back from the Lakers.
For many it felt like Washington won the trade and after a hot start to begin the season at 10-3, the Wizards seemed to be on their way with their newly reworked roster. That did not last super long as the team currently sits out outside of the playoffs, even the play in slots.
There have been internal fights, an incident where an assistant Coach went after a fan at a home game, and rumors of dissension being thrown all around social media.
Beal is in the last year of his current contract and the Wizards have made overtures of trying to sign him. And Beal has resisted indicated that he would go into free agency with an open mind and not necessarily make a loyalty pledge to re-sign.
With Beal’s season ending injury, he can’t be moved in a trade, and the team has decisions to make about the rest of the roster. And about re-signing Beal in the offseason which may take up to 250 million dollars for a max deal.
There are big decisions ahead of Beal for his own future, and for the team. This year’s free agency market we will see if the NBA still views Beal as a first line Max contract player, or like a Robin to someone’s batman.