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The Wizards superstar joined the Posted Up with Chris Haynes podcast to share his thoughts on his former teammate’s decision to ask out of Washington and the impact the move made on the team for this current season. Hear the full conversation on the Posted Up with Chris Haynes podcast. Subscribe on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Stitcher or wherever you listen.
CHRIS HAYNES: I want to ask you about this, Beal, because you always, especially these last few years, you've been left on the Island out there. And always, your name is always somebody who's always came up over the last couple of years of who's the next big star to go somewhere. I wanted to know, what were you thinking when you got word that Russell Westbrook wanted out? And again, that you would be in a position again where you were solo, what was your initial thoughts there?
BRADLEY BEAL: My initial thought was I was happy for Russ, because he wanted to-- I'm always happy for a player that they do what they want to do, and what's best for their family. I had the joy of playing with him, I had no problem with it for one. But my initial thing was, OK, if I'm going to be here, what are we getting back? That was my first thought. It wasn't like, OK, I'm out of here too, which it could have been, could very well been.
But I was like, OK, well I gave Shep that opportunity. I said, OK, well, what are we getting back for it? And I'm like, OK, well I have a really great relationship with KCP. I've known him since high school days. We're really great friends. His wife and my wife are great friends. And I love Kuz because it was going to give Kuz an opportunity to get out of the shadows. It was going to allow him to be able to flap his wings a little bit and be able to show who he can be. I love Trez as a dog, because you need one of those on your team. And look what he's doing now, it's paying off, right? Right everybody's, oh man, Trez, pops off Trez. I'm like, well, I can do that too.
CHRIS HAYNES: This is true.
BRADLEY BEAL: So I'm like, I can control him. And we can not necessarily control him, but I can like, OK, I can level him down. You look at Spence, you're like, OK, well Spence just he just had his injury. So that's a risk, right, but you've seen what Spence was able to do the year before in Brooklyn. And then on top of that, his size, he's 6'6" six point guard, you can't just negate that. He has one of the first quickstep, best quick steps in the league, finishing at the rim.
I like our team. We ain't got crazy stars, we ain't got no all stars, but I like our team. For me, it was like, we can allow Rui and Danny to develop. And on top of that, it creates a competition as well to push them, because they didn't have that last year. We're trying to teach them on the fly, and you have a guy in year 13 in Russ who wants to win now. He's at that point, which is what we're trying to get to. But you see, we were some steps away.
CHRIS HAYNES: Yeah, for sure.
BRADLEY BEAL: Which is why, ultimately, OK, I understood and respected Russ for his decision. But when it came back I'm like, OK, I see the pieces we have, we can make this work. You turn one guy into five guys, five useful guys.