Bradley Beal wants to stay true to the Washington Wizards. His offseason re-signing also confirms this theory. On June 30, Beal signed a five-year, $251 million contract extension with the organization.
The three-time All-Star is one of the highest-paid NBA players. However, the team has not advanced past the second round of the playoffs since 1979.
That was back when the Washington Bullets lost to the Seattle SuperSonics in five games in the 1979 NBA Finals.
“Loyalty is definitely a big factor for me,” Bradley Bell said.
However, during a casual interview with Haute Living, Beal had this to say about his future with the Wizards: “People always look at me like I’m crazy, but I have a passion to work here and win here. “
“This is the team that drafted me. They are extremely reliable, I have a great relationship with the ownership, and I have a great relationship with our front office.
“Besides, there aren’t many opportunities to be recognized as a franchise guy in the careers of NBA players, you know? To have that opportunity, to be in a position to write my own story, that’s everything.”
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Last season, the Wizards finished 35-47 (.427) and 12th overall in the Eastern Conference. It was the team’s first season under head coach Wes Unseld Jr.
“Loyalty is definitely a big factor for me,” Bradley continued. “At the end of the day, basketball is a business. Before long, you’ll see men organized into groups, traded, and sometimes loyalty is demanded.
“I have never felt this way [with the Wizards]. At any point in my career here, I’ve had to keep that particular cloud over my head. I like that we’re always face to face, there’s always a direct conversation about where we’re going and what we’re doing.
“I feel like if I win a championship here in DC, everything I’ve been through, the struggles, the ups and downs, that makes the victory sweeter, I appreciate it even more. . And I like to grind, and sometimes to defy the odds.
The Wizards Will they make the finals in 2023?
In 40 games with the Wizards last season, Bradley Bell averaged 23.2 points, 4.7 rebounds and 6.6 assists. He averaged 45.1% shooting from the field and 30% from downtown.
According to BetOnline oddsmakers, the Wizards have the seventh-lowest odds (+25,000) to win the 2023 NBA Championship. Although the Los Angeles Lakers and Brooklyn Nets had the best chance to win the title last season. Neither team met expectations.
The Lakers failed to qualify for the playoffs. And the Nets were swept by the Boston Celtics in the first round.
Additionally, the Wizards’ win total for the 2022-23 season sits at 35.5 wins. Washington hasn’t won at least 40 games in the regular season since the 2017-18 season. They went 43-39 (.524) in that span and lost in the first round to the Toronto Raptors in six games.
Anything is possible with Bradley Beal staying healthy.