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We know all about Bradley Beal’s loyalty to Washington, D.C. Despite all of the Wizards’ misfortune, the two-time All-Star continually reinforces his dedication to the capital city. 
“I respect the fact that they drafted me, that’s first and foremost,” Beal told Chris Haynes of Yahoo Sports on Posted Up on Jan. 23. “Just being in one spot for your whole career, having your jersey in the rafter one day, being that important to an organization, those were all things that drew me.”
The Wizards have put that dedication to the test. 
After having advanced to the Eastern Conference semifinals in three of Beal’s first six seasons, Washington has gone 50-83 in its last two campaigns. 
The recent string of misfortune has come at the hands of poor personnel decisions and bad luck in the form of John Wall’s Achilles injury. Regardless, Beal is a loser again and headed toward the lottery. 
“I don’t like losing. I’m sorry,” Beal told reporters after losing to the Bulls on January 15. “Especially winnable games. I don’t like losing, so [my frustration is] gonna keep building up for me until we starting winning and changing our culture.”
New general manager Tommy Sheppard could have provided help with a trade deadline acquisition but largely stood pat. He likely could have dealt floor-spacing big man Davis Bertans for a sum but instead might lose him this summer for nothing. 
So Beal will keep losing. Losing has come at a cost beyond just missing the playoffs, as the L’s appear a culprit in Beal being left out of the All-Star Game, much to his irritation. 
Things won’t get easier in 2020-21. Even if Wall returns from his ruptured Achilles at 100 percent, his four-year, $171 million contract makes building a contender around the duo problematic. The Wizards already have over $99 million dedicated to an estimated $116 million cap next season. 
While we appreciate the dedication, the NBA is a business. For Beal and the Wizards to thrive, a split is unavoidable. A team like the Denver Nuggets or Miami can hand out the pieces Washington needs to rebuild while giving Beal a platform for contention.