Wizards To Offer Extension To Bradley Beal?

The Wizards seem ready to put an end to Bradley Beal trade rumors by offering a contract extension to their All-Star guard. In a video tweeted by Wizards Film Room, ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski says Washington will make the three-year, $111MM offer when Beal becomes eligible next month.

If he were to accept the Wizards’ offer, a three-year extension would put Beal under contract for the next five seasons, which should be prime years for the 25-year-old. He posted career highs in points (25.6 per game), rebounds (5.0) and assists (5.5) while playing all 82 games this year.

Beal has been the subject of trade speculation in recent weeks, with the Pelicans and Lakers among the teams showing interest. There were thoughts that the Wizards might want to trim salary and start rebuilding in the wake of an Achilles injury to John Wall that might keep out all of next season. With Wall’s super-max contract running through 2022/23, he and Beal appear to be the foundation of the team for the foreseeable future.

The Wizards will be better equipped to handle Beal’s higher salary once Ian Mahinmi‘s $15.6MM contract and Dwight Howard‘s $5.4MM deal expire after next season, notes Mike Stearman of NBC Sports Washington. The team is expected to ease its cap crunch for next year by turning down Jabari Parker‘s $20MM option and may not re-sign free agent Bobby Portis.

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13 thoughts on “Wizards To Offer Extension To Bradley Beal?

  1. Senioreditor

    So he and Wall will take up 70-80 million? Does that sound like a recipe for success? I’d move him and hope Wall returns to any semblance of his past performance…..but what do I know?

    • You know a lot. Two star guards are not a enough to win it all. You’ve got to have a star at another position.

      • FromTheCheapSeats

        Two star guards? Beal and who? Wall? Not any more. He was probably the most overrated player in the league before he blew his Achilles. On the other side of that injury, there’s NO chance of him being a “star”.

  2. Rewane

    I think the Wizards would extend Beal to add to his trade value and fetch more assets when he becomes tradeble again.

    • I have a question, don’t these guys become untradeable when they have those big contracts? Chris Paul Etc?

      • matzacski

        I think in this case its not quite as big a factor since Beal is only 25 and his best years are still in front of him where as Paul is already in his mid 30’s and declining.

      • Rewane

        Beal is 25 and probably not going to decline heading into his prime. 27 millions per year isn’t much if an overpay for him.

  3. Richard Hangslow

    At some point nba salaries are going implode on themselves. This non sense is unsustainable. Paying second and third tier players max money is bad business.

    • The system was designed so every team would have one or two superstars. But the league made a huge mistake and is standing on both sides of the fence.

      What’s needed is a hard cap bottom line that’s it. Once you’re over the cap only minimum salaries. No bird, no mid-level exception, nothing.

      Hard salary cap that fits two Max guys and the rest filler. You won’t see any super teams after that.

  4. brewpackbuckbadg

    Will the wizards be able to have some type of “injury exception” for Wall next year? How do those work?

    • Chucktoad1

      The maximum salary of the replacement player is either 50% of the injured player’s salary, or the mid-level exception for a non-taxpaying team, whichever is less.

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