Bradley Beal wants to be the ‘Dirk Nowitzki of the Wizards’

Marc Stein: I’ve heard this from from various people around the league, including some who have actually tried to recruit him: Bradley Beal is the one who has volunteered the ‘I want to be the Dirk Nowitzki of the Wizards’ line. I mean, that comes from him.
Source: Marc Stein @ marcstein.substack.com:

What’s the buzz on Twitter?

Neil Dalal: @NeilDalal96:
Tommy Sheppard may have said the Wizards have no problem playing Bradley Beal at point guard, but that lacks context. It was a short part of a larger response, but the feel was in spot minutes, not full time. Washington is looking for a starting traditional defensive point guard. – 12:20 PM:

Marc Stein: @TheSteinLine:
Bradley Beal, John Collins, Jaden Ivey, Keegan Murray, Rudy Gobert, Mitchell Robinson, Kenny Atkinson and TRADES… all and more are featured in an emergency around-the-league notebook on a Tuesday: marcstein.substack.com/p/nba-draft-fo… – 11:30 AM:

Brady Hawk: @BradyHawk305:
EwNew Piece🚨:
The Hypothetical X’s and O’s Fit of Bradley Beal with the Heat:
A look into the film of how he would translate to an Erik Spoelstra offense:
@ 5ReasonsSports:fivereasonssports.com/news/the-hypot… – 10:24 AM:

Chase Hughes: @ChaseHughesNBCS:
The idea of ​​the Wizards trading up to 4 is interesting to me b / c it would cost a ton (likely 3 1sts + more) &, while I love Ivey as a prospect, he’s 20 & offers no guarantees.
Even if he’s great, it might take a few yrs & Beal’s 29. Same package might get you a proven star… – 10:12 AM:

Neil Dalal: @NeilDalal96:
Tommy Sheppard on Bradley Beal: “I’m not worried about the noise outside, I just look at the player and I know that somebody you can build your franchise around.”
More from the GM as the Wizards go into the NBA draft currently armed with the 10th pick:
https://t.co/3n5YjI9XXa: pic.twitter.com/4ifGBw696T:11:32 PM:

Brady Hawk: @BradyHawk305:
Bradley Beal / Heat X’s and O’s article tomorrow on the potential fit: pic.twitter.com/7XfMumwSXN:8:17 PM:

Chase Hughes: @ChaseHughesNBCS:
“It kind of makes me sit back and think ‘you know what, maybe I’m doing something right, maybe I’m not as bad as people may think.'”
NBA Draft prospects keep saying they look up to Bradley Beal. It means a lot to him. ift.tt/jhNag8m – 6:52 PM:

StatMuse: @status:
Steph Curry has more seasons with 200+ 3-pointers than:
Reggie Miller:
Ray Allen:
Peja Stojakovic:
Dirk Nowitzki:
Kevin Durant:
combined. pic.twitter.com/9l5uO02V5P:4:46 PM:

Kamenetzky Brothers: @KamBrothers:
I’ll be on: @ESPNLosAngeles: w /@John Ireland: from 1-4pm PT! Talking Kyrie-Lakers rumors, Beal-Lakers rumors, Warriors parade, Dodgers, Pixar characters, Only Fans accounts, and more. @champagnennuts: joining us at some point! Listen up !!! AK – 4:17 PM:

StatMuse: @status:
Duos that have played more games together than Durant and Kyrie:
45 – Dirk and Rondo:
47 – Hakeem and Vince:
48 – Rasheed and Iverson:
48 – Nash and Kobe:
53 – LeBron and Shaq: pic.twitter.com/IzKKce6YQY:3:58 PM:

Kamenetzky Brothers: @KamBrothers:
For the sickos who like to watch, Monday’s: @LockedOnLakers: pod, YouTube version! Darvin Ham adds Chris Jent & (maybe?) Sheed, and the Lakers reportedly wanna flip Russ for Bradley Beal. (An appetizer for Tuesday’s inevitable Kyrie show!) @LockedOnNBAPods:
youtube.com/watch?v=mD-q8x… – 3:35 PM:

Keith Smith: @KeithSmithNBA:
It’s that time of year, so it’s double: @FrontOfficeShow: today! In the first episode: @Trevor_Lane: & I talked Kyrie leaving BKN maybe, Beal made a decision (sort of), Atkinson backed out on CHA and more! Watch, like and subscribe below to stay in the know!
youtu.be/QWP3RqvKbLM – 2:26 PM:

Kamenetzky Brothers: @KamBrothers:
Monday’s: @LockedOnLakers: podcast! We discuss Darvin Ham adding Chris Jent and (maybe?) Sheed to his staff, and the Lakers reportedly interested in Bradley Beal. (A warm up for the Kyrie rumors!) #FirstListen: @LockedOnNetwork: @LockedOnLakers:
podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/dar… – 1:17 PM:

Ryan Ward: @RyanWardLA:
Bradley Beal odds have surfaced regarding his next team. Lakers sit at 8-1, with the Celtics favored at 3-1, via @SportsBettingAG: pic.twitter.com/pAu6wVU36M:12:47 PM:

Justin Kubatko: @jkubatko:
🎂 Happy 44th birthday to Dirk Nowitzki!
22 1522 GP, 20.7 PPG, 7.5 RPG, 2.4 APG:
🎯 47.1 FG%, 38.0 3P%, 87.9 FT%
⭐️ 14x (2002-2012, 2014, 2015, 2019)
🏆 2007 MVP, 2011 FMVP:
💍 1x (2011)
Nowitzki set the NBA record for most seasons played with a single franchise (21, Mavericks). pic.twitter.com/ze4G9czWJd:9:01 AM:

More on this storyline:

Beal, who turns 29 next week, is eligible to sign a five-year deal with Washington estimated in the $ 250 million range in free agency and the Wizards, based on Sheppard’s ebullience in discussing all things Beal and the chance to finally pair him with Kristaps Porziņģis in training camp, do not seem concerned in the slightest about securing his signature. -via marcstein.substack.com / June 21, 2022:

Quinton Mayo: “I know Bradley Beal is the kind of guy you build your franchise around.” – Tommy Sheppard -via: Twitter @RealQuintonMayo: / June 20, 2022:

Chase Hughes: Wizards president Tommy Sheppard is addressing the media right now, says he feels Bradley Beal is much closer to the player he was two years ago than he was last season. Also, “we have no problem playing Bradley Beal at point guard.” -via: Twitter @ChaseHughesNBCS: / June 20, 2022:

I’ve heard a rumble or two in recent months from parties hopeful of luring Bradley Beal away from Washington that Beal is known for saying, in essence, that he wants to be the Dirk Nowitzki of the Wizards in terms of playing only for the franchise that drafted him No. 3 overall in 2012. -via marcstein.substack.com / June 13, 2022:

Orlando Magic: Chet Holmgren. As I wrote earlier this week, despite recent reporting, it’s not a lock that the Magic select Auburn’s Jabari Smith. The Ringer’s Kevin O’Connor recently reported that hissources are “not sold” on the rumors that Orlando has made up his mind, and I still believe Holmgren fits the mold of what the Magic tend to like from prospects. Holmgren, who looks massive even when standing next to NBA legends like David Robinson and Dirk Nowitzki, is a fascinating prospect and I think he will hear his name called with the first pick in the draft. -via For The Win / June 9, 2022:

Dirk Nowitzki: Great season. Proud of the guys! -via: Twitter @ swish41: / May 27, 2022:

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