The 2012 NBA Draft is only a few days away. On that night, the speculation will end and we’ll finally learn where former Florida Gators guard Bradley Beal will begin his professional career.
Among the teams interested in Beal are the Washington Wizards, the current holders of the third overall pick. It’s reasonable to think Beal could be available for Washington, and just as reasonable to believe the Wizards may grab him if they can. If that were the case, Beal would consider himself lucky.
“I know D.C. is really restructuring all of their sports programs and to be a Washington Wizard would mean the world to me. At the same time I know I can come in and make an impact as best I can and just try to get the team back on a winning streak.” – Bradley Beal, Former Florida Gators Guard
Beal appeared on The LaVar Arrington Show (yes, that Lavar Arrington) on Monday and discussed the possibility of ending up with the Wizards. With plenty of young sports talent in Washington D.C., the former Gator feels he would fit right in. Beal believes in his ability to make an impact immediately and hopes to be able to help whichever team selects him. As one of the draft’s top prospects, that could be a team with a number of needs. Beal should be able to fill some of those from day one.
With the recent trade of Rashard Lewis, the Wizards look to be rebuilding around former first overall pick John Wall. Lewis’s hefty contract was replaced by two players – Trevor Ariza and Emeka Okafor – that will be expected to contribute right away. Add those two to Wall and Nene and you have a team searching for a new identity – one that may include Beal in the very near future.