The Celtics may have to be a little more forward and less stealthy with their approach to Kemba Walker following the latest development out of Washington.
Wizards guard Bradley Beal had been rumored as a possible target for the Celtics. With Washington missing the postseason last year and Beal heading into the second-to-last year of his contract in 2019-20, he seemed like a player potentially on the move.
But after receiving the NBA Cares Community Assist Award at the 2019 NBA Awards in California, Beal expressed to reporters the Wizards have kept him in the loop and that he will not be dealt. Which works out for Beal, because it appears he wants to stick around.
“I still have two years left,” Beal said. “We just drafted Rui [Hachimura] and I want to see what we do in free agency before I make the ultimate decision. I haven’t even been offered it officially. Until that happens, I’ll wait and think about it. I’ll have an ample amount of time to process everything and make a decision when the time is right.
“I’d be naive to say I wouldn’t be (interested in extension talks). Washington is where I’ve been the last seven years, going on eight. It would be great to play in one place forever. But at the same time, you want to win and make sure you’re in a position to do so. I’m definitely going to evaluate who we hire as the GM and who we pick up on the team. All that plays a factor.”
As Celtics fans know all too well, a lot can change in a year or two. So while Beal won’t be in green to start 2019-20, or maybe any point next season, there’s always the chance a player could be moved or want to relocate at any moment in this league.
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Source: GreenStreet Blog