The Wizards backcourt isn’t focusing on the trade rumors.
Washington has started the season with a disastrous 5-11 record and it reportedly may be open to moving any player on its team, including stars John Wall and Bradley Beal. Both players discussed those reports when they met with the media this week.
“I’m not going to be naive to it, you know,” Beal said (via ESPN). “I’ve heard those rumors weeks ago. Then, I didn’t buy into them. Now, I’m still not going to buy into them because if that’s my main priority and focus, then I’m going to be messed up on the floor.”
Wall, a five-time All-Star, signed a four-year, $170 million extension with the Wizards in July 2017. He said he did not want to leave Washington.
“I love being here,” Wall said. “I want to finish my career here, that’s all I can control … I’m playing basketball. I can’t control (the trade talk).”
In addition to the trade rumors, several Washington players, including Wall and Beal, were recently involved in verbal altercations during a “volatile practice,” according to multiple reports.
Wall, who reportedly yelled an expletive at coach Scott Brooks during the practice, downplayed the incident.
“That’s something that goes on throughout the NBA. It’s something we’ve put past us,” Wall said. “We talked about it, apologized about it, kept it at that.
“…There’s a lot of frustration. When you go through a lot of frustrations, the flames build up in one situation and you kind of get to that. That’s why we both apologized, and I left it at that.”
The Wizards will host the Clippers on Tuesday.