Bradley Beal’s title has been on the middle of hypothetical trades for months, however the Wizards made it clear Thursday they’ve no real interest in swapping the All-Star by signing the guard to a two-year, $72 million extension.
Beal’s agent, Mark Bartelstein, advised ESPN earlier Thursday the extension will start within the 2021-22 season and features a third-year participant choice for 2022-23. The deal ensures the 26-year-old $130 million over 4 years.
“Brad has always made it clear to me, that in a perfect world, he would never leave Washington,” Bartelstein told ESPN. “He has felt an obligation to be the focal point in turning the Wizards into an elite team. He’s thrilled about all the resources that [team owner] Ted [Leonsis] is pouring into the franchise and thrilled how committed [Leonsis] and [general manager] Tommy [Sheppard] are to building something special.”
Additional contract phrases embrace a 15 p.c commerce bonus on the extension years and 50 p.c advance fee of the $34.5 million and $37.Three million (if he opts into the 2022-23 years) annual salaries.
A current report from The Washington Post prompt “there’s a rising perception that Beal is not going to stay in Washington for his total profession,” and the crew would take into account transferring him if he did not signal the brand new deal.
But it appears familiarity — and an entire lot of cash — satisfied Beal to stay in D.C.
“Both the Wizards organization and the city of Washington have been committed to supporting me and my family since the day I was drafted and I feel blessed to be able to show my commitment back to them,” Beal mentioned in a launch. “I’m proud to continue leading this team both on and off the court and look forward to being part of building something special.”
Beal, an All-Star in 2018 and 2019, averaged 25.6 factors, 5.zero rebounds and 5.5 assists in 82 video games for the Wizards final season. He shot 47.5 p.c from the sphere and 35.1 p.c from 3-point vary.