Trade rumors involving Bradley Beal are heating up again this season, leading fans to come up with scenarios of where he could land. While the New York Knicks have been labeled as a possible suitor, ESPN’s Michael Kay believes the presence of William “World Wide Wes” Wesley could give New York an advantage in acquiring Beal.
“The Knicks have World Wide Wes on their side,” Kay said, via Stefan Bondy of the New York Daily News. “And he’s been in the ear of some of Beal’s people and he’s kind of nudging them that this might be a time to push for a trade.”
Kay, who works for ESPN and the station that broadcasts Knicks games, shared that World Wide Wes has been speaking to Beal’s camp recently. World Wide Wes, a longtime close pal in NBA circles, was hired by New York to work with Leon Rose in the front office.
Wesley has been urging Beal’s camp that it is time for them to request a trade from the Washington Wizards. However, Beal himself has made it clear that he wants to remain in Washington despite the rumors surrounding his future.
Seeing that Beal hasn’t requested a trade yet, it’s hard to believe Wesley would be a reason why Beal would force his way out. While New York has shown potential this season, Beal would need some type of assurance to ensure that the Knicks can contend moving forward.
Ahead of the trade deadline next month, New York holds a $15 million trade exception that expires this year if they don’t use it. Even though Beal seems content with his situation with the Wizards, the Knicks believe they have someone who can convince him to join them soon.