Bradley Beal calls report that he demanded trade from Wizards 'nonsense'

The Washington Wizards scored a big win over the Houston Rockets on Monday, powered by big performances from their turbulent but talented backcourt of Bradley Beal and John Wall.

Before the game, a report surfaced from former ESPN and Associated Press reporter Chris Sheridan that Beal “has made it known in no uncertain terms that he wants out of Washington.”

Beal responds to trade demand report

After the overtime win over the Rockets that saw Beal post 32 points and four rebounds, Beal responded to the report.

“That’s nonsense,” Beal said. “I heard it earlier before the game. I’m like if it didn’t come from the horse’s mouth, it wasn’t me.

“I’ve got this Washington jersey on, I come into work every day, until otherwise. This is where I want to be. I’m gonna continue to show up, continue to work and continue to get wins for us.”

Beal’s statement doesn’t mean much

Of course Beal’s statement does nothing clear up the truth of what’s happening behind the scenes in Washington. What is known is that there is longtime discord between Beal and Wall in addition to a reliable report that the Wizards are open to trading every player on the roster amid a season filled with internal bickering and turmoil.

So a report that Beal has made trade demands is not unreasonable to buy into.

It’s also ridiculous to expect that Beal would do anything but deny that report while wearing a Wizards uniform in a postgame interview following a win. Short of his confirming the trade demand rumor, there’s no reason to put stock in his response.

So things remain muddled in Washington. Until trades are consummated, it’s not likely we’ll know the truth of what’s happening behind the scenes.

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