Wizards Rumors: Beal, DPE, Wall, Brooks

When Bradley Beal become eligible for a contract extension in July, the Wizards reportedly offered the most lucrative possible long-term deal they could (three years, $111.8MM). Two months later, they still don’t have an answer from Beal, who isn’t talking as if a new contract is his top priority at the moment.

In a conversation with NBC Sports Washington’s Chris Miller (video link), Beal said he hasn’t been thinking about an extension, preferring to let his agent handle his contract situation. However, he also stressed that he’s not looking for an exit from the Wizards.

“Honestly you might slap me, but I haven’t thought about it,” Beal said. “I’m just getting better and letting my agent, [GM] Tommy [Sheppard], and everybody else deal with it. I just go hoop. Every day I see somebody and they ask ‘Beal, you leaving?’ and I’m like ‘I’m still living in D.C., I ain’t going nowhere.'”

Acknowledging that he’s aware of speculation about his future and the fact that fans want an answer, Beal said that he likes being a member of the Wizards, hinting that the grass wouldn’t necessarily be greener if he were to go elsewhere.

“It’s a great thing that a lot of people love your game and want you on their team,” Beal said. “But I love the situation I have too. Not every situation would be my situation.”

Sheppard said today that he’s giving Beal space to consider the team’s extension offer, and that it will be up to him to make a decision by October 21 (Twitter link via Chase Hughes of NBC Sports Washington). Because the All-Star guard still has two guaranteed years left on his current contract, he can’t sign an in-season extension. As we’ve noted previously, waiting until at least 2020 to sign a new deal would give him the best chance to maximize his earnings.

Here’s more on the Wizards:

  • Having assumed control of the Wizards’ front office this summer, Sheppard and his group are prioritizing players who embody the “Wizards Way,” as Gene Wang of The Washington Post relays. “I think we’re still evaluating the best way to express it, but we know what we don’t want the Wizards Way to look like,” Sheppard said. “We don’t want players that don’t want to be here. We don’t want people to have contracts that far exceed what they produce result-wise. We don’t want unhappy people that are going to cause disintegration in our locker room. That’s the way out. That’s the Wizards’ way out, so what we’re trying to onboard now, talent, of course, but high character, hard-driven, value-driven people that we can back with data that have places in our locker room.”
  • The Wizards still haven’t gotten an answer on whether their disabled player exception request for John Wall will be approved, Sheppard said today (Twitter link via Hughes). The club applied all the way back at the start of July, so it appears it wasn’t a slam-dunk decision. An NBA-designated physician will have to determine whether Wall is “substantially more likely than not” to be out of action through at least June 15, 2020.
  • Hughes adds in the same tweet that Wall will be helping out the coaching staff this season as he recovers from his Achilles tear. The veteran point guard will have a few players to whom he’s specifically assigned.
  • It will be a pivotal year for head coach Scott Brooks in Washington, according to Hughes, who writes at NBC Sports Washington that the season could go a number of different ways. It remains an open question whether Brooks will be coaching the Wizards beyond 2019/20, says Hughes.
  • The Wizards signed Chris Chiozza and finalized their 20-man training camp roster, as we detailed earlier today.
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6 thoughts on “Wizards Rumors: Beal, DPE, Wall, Brooks

  1. kingcong95

    Considering what he’d qualify for next year and beyond, there’s no reason at all for Beal to sign an extension now.

    • harden-westbrook-mvps

      The only reason would have to do with his long-term health. Signing a deal now, like Draymond Green did, provides insurance for him if his injury issues become chronic.

      • IslandFlava

        What injury issues? The last couple years he has been the healthiest player in the league, no silly resting or load management for him

        • harden-westbrook-mvps

          Same with Curry, they can both handle playing 34-36 minutes in every single game just fine. Golden State has nothing to worry about.

  2. The Wizards are obviously in rebuild mode but are still trying to win games for some weird reason.
    They should trade for Andrew Wiggins, because 1 he could be a decent complimentary scorer alongside Bradley Beal but he also has upside for a rebuild.

    I’m thinking of a 3 team trade like
    Wizards: Wiggins
    Wolves: M Williams, Miles
    Hornets: Mahnimi and 2 seconds

    Wizards get a young prospect to help them win or help a rebuild. TWolves get Marvin Williams who can help play the 4 and Miles a solid role player. The Hornets get an expiring deal and some picks.

    The Wizards then can try form a winning team of Beal, Wiggins, Bertans, Hachimura and Bryant or then trade Beal and start a rebuild with these players. The Wolves get to give Okogie and Culver better minutes at SG which is probably a good thing but they also get a good stretch 4 and a good role player in Miles.

  3. x%sure

    Sheppard made no sense in more ways than just bad grammar.
    If he doesn’t want players with “contracts that far exceed… results” then don’t offer them that, GM guy. That’s your job, not the player’s job to not sign it.
    And telling players their datas are what matters will get them gunning.
    And good luck with Rui.

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