The biggest story in the league this week has been the tension between Washington Wizards guards John Wall and Bradley Beal. Wall is the Wizards’ franchise player: the first overall pick in the 2010 draft, a three-time All-Star, and the player who led the team back to the playoffs. Beal is the shooting guard that was supposed to complement Wall’s playmaking abilities and form the tandem that would propel the Wizards for the next decade.
That isn’t working out quite as planned though, with Wall admitting two days ago that he and Beal “dislike each other on the court.” Although apparently, Beal isn’t the only shooting guard in the league Wall feels some animosity towards.
“Wall’s got jealousy issues. He’s always upset with someone who makes more money than him.
“According to The Vertical, Wall declined the offer because he wanted “Harden money.” A few months later, Wall fired his agent, Dan Fegan, and hired Rich Paul. Maybe Adidas is second-guessing their decision after seeing Harden’s shoe design, but in any case, that’s not the only time Wall has been irked by The Beard. A front-office executive tells The Ringer that Wall was “rankled” after Harden signed a four-year, $118 million extension with the Rockets.”
— Kevin O’Connor via The Ringer
This isn’t the first time this type of jealousy has been associated with Wall. He quite publicly expressed similar feelings towards Detroit Pistons point guard Reggie Jackson getting an essentially identical contract to his.
This is important to the Wall-Beal dynamic due to the contract Beal just signed. If it is true that Wall doesn’t like playing with Beal, and that Wall is so easily irked by other player’s contracts, then he can’t be happy that Beal is now making about $40 million more than he is.