Eastern Notes: Wizards, Robinson, Celtics

Bradley Beal making the league’s All-NBA team could change the course of the Wizards‘ franchise, Chase Hughes of NBC Sports writes. If Beal earns the nod, then he will be eligible for a super-max contract that starts at 35% of the salary cap.

[Related: How All-NBA Choices Impact Contract Situations]

There’s no guarantee that Washington offers that kind of deal to Beal if the organization gains the ability to do so. It’s also not certain that Beal would accept it. Hughes argues the Wizards will be left with no choice but to trade Beal if they decide against offering the super-max contract or Beal opts against accepting it.

Here’s more from around the Eastern Conference:

  • Many within the NBA believe Mitchell Robinson possesses the highest ceiling of any current member of the Knicks, Marc Stein of The New York Times writes in his latest newsletter. Stein compares Robinson’s potential to Clint Capela‘s game, writing that Robinson could become better than the Rockets big man.
  • Rookie Allonzo Trier didn’t hear his name called on draft night but Stein (in the same piece) believes that was a mistake. Trier played in 64 games for the Knicks this season.
  • The Celtics brought in Cam Johnson (North Carolina), Quinndary Weatherspoon (Mississippi State) and Justin Robinson (Virginia Tech) for workouts, according to Adam Himmelsbach of the Boston Globe (Twitter link). Boston could end up with as many as four first-round picks in the upcoming draft.
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7 thoughts on “Eastern Notes: Wizards, Robinson, Celtics

  1. Super Max is the league’s attempt to get rid of the super team. Just going to end up with more guys that shouldn’t be max or super max guys bc teams are backed into a corner. Kemba Walker on a Super Max at age 33/4. John Wall won’t even be playing for another year.

  2. I don’t think having four first round picks from the 14th spot down in a weak draft was the game plan for the Celtics.

    • bobaganoosh5

      No it wasn’t their plan but packaging 2-3 of those picks to move up or trade for someone like Anthony Davis is the new plan. I think packaging them is better than having 4 picks anyways. There isn’t enough room on their roster for all their upcoming picks anyways

  3. Beal is an elite player, but teams are going to have to have the discipline to avoid giving the super max to every elite player they have, particular one who will be past 30 for much of the deal. And it should be eliminated in the next CBA. The guys who are worth this type of contract are also the the guys who almost certainly won’t value it to the degree it will influence their FA choices. If the extra benefits of a super max are truly the deciding factor in a player’s decision to stay with his current team, then he is probably not worth the super max (or at least he believes he’s unlikely to be able to achieve similar in the market for a good portion of the contract).

    • x%sure

      Next CBA 2023/24, with a mutual opt-out a year earlier. One might expect to see the 35% contract gone, and changes to two-ways. Maybe they will even give it a name besides something that also means something else.

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