Bradley Beal’s future with the Washington Wizards has long been in question as the team has struggled to enjoy any success. Following an 11th place Eastern Conference finish with a record of 32-50 in 2018-19 as well as Beal’s backcourt partner in John Wall missing significant time with an Achilles injury, many expected Beal to find a new home in the NBA. Instead, ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski has reported Beal has chosen to commit to the Wizards on a new contract worth a potential $130M over the next four years.
Washington Wizards All-Star Bradley Beal has agreed to extend his deal for two years on a $72M maximum contract, agent Mark Bartelstein of @PrioritySports tells ESPN. Deal includes player option for 2022-23. Total value: 4-years, nearly $130M. Story: https://t.co/ViKhzu5dU9
— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) October 17, 2019
Beal had previously made clear he was unsure if he would sign a max contract to keep him in Washington, but reportedly now sees himself as part of the Wizards’ future as they establish an identity in the league.
Can confirm Bradley Beal has agreed to an extension with the #Wizards.
"This is where he wants to be. He's made it clear." — Beal's agent Mark Bartelstein said.
Beal WANTS to be part of the team's rebuild.
Extension first reported by @wojespn
— Candace Buckner (@CandaceDBuckner) October 17, 2019
Bradley Beal has since confirmed the reports and spoken on his feelings on remaining in Washington:
“I just signed the deal, Yeah Yeah!!” https://t.co/oXpowj1JhN
— Bradley Beal (@RealDealBeal23) October 17, 2019
— Washington Wizards (@WashWizards) October 17, 2019
Being the driving force behind any success for the Wizards since Wall’s injury, Beal enjoyed a career-best season in 2018-19, averaging 25.6 points and 5.5 assists per game, both career-high totals while playing in all 82 games and reaching his second NBA All-Star Game.