The Washington Wizards took care of one significant task this offseason when they hired Wes Unseld Jr. to be their coach. But they could soon have a much more pressing issue to address.
According to multiple reports, Bradley Beal is “seriously mulling” whether he wants to stay in the District. According to Bleacher Report, Beal is considering whether to request a trade, while The Athletic added Beal has “been very much on the fence” whether he wants to remain in the District.
If Beal demands out, that could force the Wizards’ hand to possibly trade him as soon as Thursday — when the NBA draft begins. The Golden State Warriors, for example, are rumored to be interested in Beal and they could theoretically package center James Wiseman, the No. 7 and No. 14 picks and other assets to try and land the three-time All-Star.
The Wizards could always hold on to Beal, but if the guard wants to leave, then they would risk losing him for nothing after the 2021 season. The 27-year-old is entering the last year of his contract, though he holds a player option for the 2022-23 season.
Teams have long tried to pry Beal from the Wizards, who have resisted those efforts — maintaining that Beal is a franchise cornerstone. Over the last few seasons, Beal has become not just the Wizards’ primary scorer but has emerged as a league superstar. This past year, Beal was…