[Source] - "It's not the first time I've heard this kind of talk," Beal told ESPN. "It's interesting. To me, I look at it as a sign of respect, that I've been doing good things and guys want to play with me.
"That's an unbelievable feeling. When you hear that Kyrie [Irving] and KD [Kevin Durant] want you, s---, that's amazing. At the same time, you don't know how much there is to it, or how easy it would be to do. And I've put down roots in D.C. I've dedicated myself to this town, this community. I love it here, and it would feel great to know I could grind out winning here instead of jumping to another team.
What a spinzone! I love it. The will Bradley Beal get traded or not traded has been going on for roughly, oh I don't know, his entire career. It's really picked up the last year+ with John Wall being hurt and the Wizards just not being good. Most recently it was the Nets are interested in getting a 3rd guy and that 3rd guy being Beal to play with KD and Kyrie going forward.
He could have denied it. He could have said yeah I'm all in on it. Either way is fine - and don't get me wrong he has said how he's happy to be a Wizard and everything like that. He even says it in the quote. But saying it as a sign of respect is how I want to address every trade rumor. 'Listen they know my team sucks. They know they can get some capital back for me. But hey I'm pretty, pretty good! It's a sign of respect.' It's the perfect spinzone here.
It makes sense on both sides here. The Nets want to get coverage in case KD doesn't come back 100% or Kyrie gets hurt again. If KD comes back 100% and Kyrie stays healthy, you have 3 All-Stars and become the favorite in the East. For the Wizards, you want to see how John Wall comes back and you still have a 1-2 combo with him and Beal. That's not too shabby.
Credit to Beal too. That last line is something that every person who bitches about stars forcing teams hands will love. He wants to grind out winning. There's something cool about that. I've said it before, but I just don't give a shit what players do. They have the right to request trades, leave in free agency, whatever. They can also stay and grind out on a team that's not great.