Report: Bradley Beal was the ‘driving’ force in trying to get Russell Westbrook to Washington

Brad Sullivan
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The idea of the Washington Wizards acquiring veteran guard Russell Westbrook was something that was reportedly pushed by the team’s star guard, Bradley Beal.

On “The Bill Simmons Podcast,” Simmons spoke with ESPN’s Jackie MacMullan about the NBA’s trade market and indicated that Beal made a concerted push to get the Wizards to make the move.

“I thought Westbrook was going to Washington,” Simmons said. “I had heard that Bradley Beal was driving the Westbrook thing and that they were actually going to include a pick potentially and it wasn’t just a one-for-one that they were actually putting in more.”

Westbrook’s time with the Houston Rockets is likely to end after the team came up short in the postseason again, resulting in the departure of head coach Mike D’Antoni and general manager Daryl Morey.

Given the huge amount of money left on Westbrook’s contract, it seems certain that one player the Wizards would send in such a deal would be John Wall.

While there’s no apparent indication that such a deal is imminent, Westbrook is destined to be wearing a new uniform in the near future. Whether or not that turns out to be on the Wizards remains to be seen.

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Brad has written on a variety of both NBA and NFL topics and has worked previously as a sports information director at the collegiate level. A lifetime fan of sports, he's witnessed countless great moments in different sports and understands that stories can be compelling from both the perspective of winners and losers. As a frustrated fan of Cleveland sports, he experienced something unprecedented when the Cavaliers won the city's first championship in 52 years.