Bradley Beal has given every indication that he doesn’t want the Wizards to trade him.
But that won’t necessarily stop the Knicks, who are increasingly desperate in their search for stars.
Last year, New York hired William Wesley, better known as World Wide Wes, as executive vice president and senior basketball advisor. As his nickname suggests, Wesley is well connected throughout the basketball world.
Stefan Bondy of the New York Daily News:
ESPN radio host Michael Kay, who works for the station that broadcasts Knicks games, cited a “very good source” while posting the news on his show last week.
“The Knicks have World Wide Wes on their side,” Kay said. “And it’s been on the ear of some of Beal’s people and it’s prompting them that this could be a time to push for a trade.”
If true, this is textbook manipulation.
Enforcement of the NBA’s tampering law leaves much to be desired. But a team executive trying to convince another team player to request a trade? That is exactly what almost everyone wants to ban.
However, is this true?
An experienced journalist like Kay seems to believe it. That counts for something.
But Wesley has a mythical status that draws intrigue. People love to spread juicy rumors like this, accurate or not.