Suggests The Ringer.com:
Beal is averaging a league-leading 35 points, but when he’s not on the floor Washington’s offensive rating plummets from 116.1 (second in the NBA) to 100.0 (30th).
Russell Westbrook, who was acquired for John Wall and a heavily protected future first-round pick, hasn’t been able to carry the load without Washington’s best player in the game.
Wizards general manager Tommy Sheppard said in November that Beal “isn’t going anywhere,” which is true right now.
Beal, who can become an unrestricted free agent in the summer of 2022, hasn’t expressed a desire to be dealt yet.
But if the losing continues this season, teams vulturing around Washington are wondering:
How long until Beal wants out and a trade becomes the franchise’s best option?