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Bradley Beal set to stay with Washington Wizards, New Orleans Pelicans ready to move Eric Bledsoe

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The Washington Wizards‘bad form this season, coinciding with Bradley Bealthe heroics of his name have caused his name to return regularly as part of the NBA trade rumors.

Initially, the Washington Wizards had indicated that they would be open to a move if their triple star requested one. After weeks of speculation and reported interest from several NBA teams, it now looks like Beal will be sticking around, for now.

The same is not true for the New Orleans Pelican starting point guard Eric Bledsoe. The 31-year-old has started all but two games for the New Orleans Pelicans this season. It can be a smart option for mid-level teams looking for a point guard or elite teams that need more depth for the job.

NBA Trade Rumors: Washington Wizards does not answer calls for All-Star Bradley Beal

Considering Bradley Beal’s consistent heroism this season, it’s no surprise that his name has come up on several occasions over the past few weeks. Various NBA teams have expressed interest, although it now appears that Beal is staying with the Wizards at least until the end of the season.

Recently Athletic’s Fred Katz reported that the Washington Wizards saw no change in their stance compared to Bradley Beal. The 27-year-old did not request to be traded, which led to the Washington Wizards’ refusal to engage with other teams on a possible trade.

That should, for now, put an end to speculation, with Bradley Beal being crucial for any playoff bid the Wizards end up mustering in the second half of the season.

NBA Trade Rumors: New Orleans Pelicans’ Eric Bledsoe Available For Trade

Eric Bledsoe averages 11.8 points and 3.9 assists per game, and is a capable shooter who can play a variety of roles. Several NBA teams are rumored to be interested for a while, although discussions have calmed down in recent weeks.

Eric Bledsoe in action for the New Orleans Pelicans
Eric Bledsoe in action for the New Orleans Pelicans

Now, according to Sam Amick from AthleticEric Bledsoe is always very available for a job, although teams may be reluctant due to his high salary. Bledsoe will earn $ 18.1 million in the coming season and has a squad option in his contract for the 2022-23 season.

Posted on Mar 17, 2021 12:33 AM IST


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