Bradley Beal was looking sharp at the Gatorade High School Athlete of the Year awards, and the shooting guard seemed hopeful that he can help the Washington Wizards take the next step towards title contention. I was fortunate enough to speak with Beal on the night before the ESPYs in Los Angeles, and it struck me how poised he is for such a young man.
As a DMV native, this is a conversation that I will cherish for a long time to come. I wanted to ask Beal about the Wizards’ recent trade acquisition of Kris Humphries.
“Our GM just texted me not too long ago to tell me about it,” Beal said to Rant Sports. “I think that’s a great pick for us. I’m looking forward to meeting with him and playing with him. He’s a bully on the boards, he can shoot the ball pretty well and he finishes at the rim. He’s definitely a big (man) that we’re gonna need.”
The Wizards have been quite busy this offseason. They have added Paul Pierce into the mix, re-signed Marcin Gortat to a longer contract and even brought Kevin Durant‘s former high school coach on as a developmental assistant.
Was this a coincidence after the recent return of LeBron James to Cleveland? I think not.
Beal also mentioned during our chat that King James’ journeying back home only helps D.C.’s chances of advancing to the Conference Finals next season “to an extent,” because the four-time MVP is still in the East.
The Wiz will have a golden opportunity the next couple seasons to audition for Durant in a way, and maybe the forward would consider coming home if the chance to win a championship was a real possibility. Every other position is pretty much set in stone for D.C., but the team will be lacking a small forward once Pierce’s contract runs out.
As for Beal? His future with John Wall is bright, and if Wednesday’s big ESPY winner Durant wants to join the party in the DMV, then he would be welcomed by the entire community.