The Wizards offered an extension to Bradley Beal, but it’s worth less than the maximum salary that he’s seeking. The team wants to preserve flexibility in order to court free agents next summer. Washington could sign Beal to a max contract, which is projected to have a starting salary of $20.4MM, and still have enough to sign Kevin Durant on a max deal, but that set of events would squash the team’s opportunity to bring in credible bench players, as Chuck Myron of Hoops Rumors discussed when examining the possibility of an extension.
In his first three seasons in the league, Beal has progressed nicely. He has become a plus defender who can hold his own against most twos and even some point guards. He has a silky shot and an arsenal of moves that allow him to get him decent looks. However, he has seen his share of injuries, missing 54 games since coming into the league. He also hasn’t been the most efficient player, sporting a PER of just 14.0 this past season, which is below the league average of 15.0.
The Wizards certainly have reason to attempt to strike a pact with Beal at below the max. Which leads us tonight’s topic: Is Beal worth a max contract and should Washington offer that deal to him?
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