Bradley Beal has been the subject of trade rumors in the media this offseason. Beal signed a contract extension in October of 2019 worth $72 million over two seasons. Beal could have signed for one additional season but he instead can become a free agent in 2022.
Beal openly talked about the trade rumors during a podcast appearance this week.
“When I’m playing and see those things, I don’t let it bother me,” he said this week on “The Old Man & The Three” podcast. “I feel like early in my career, it probably would have.
“But now, it’s a place of just understanding your value, understanding you’re wanted — especially by teams who want to win, teams who want to win a championship.”
The Golden State Warriors, Brooklyn Nets and Denver Nuggets are among the teams who have been linked with Beal.
“Teams are trying. A lot of them are calling, a lot of them are inquiring and putting packages together — trying to see if they can get me,” he explained. “That’s not a secret. They’ve been doing that for the last couple of years.
“I don’t view it as a distraction. It’s kind of a sign of respect and motivation too. Keep doing what you’re doing, keep playing hard, keep being the professional that you are. People like that, people are gravitating towards you.
“Understand what you have here (with the Wizards), but understand that you’re wanted elsewhere too. So just understanding your value and appreciating it.”