Bradley Beal has informed the Washington Wizards he will decline his player option making him an unrestricted free agent. The option would have paid the Wizards star $36.4 million. He is eligible to sign a five-year max deal with Washington or a four-year max deal with another team in free agency. There is currently no indication of which way he is leaning at this time. Beal will be a highly sought-after free agent when the period starts on Thursday.
Washington Wizards star Bradley Beal has declined his $36.4M option and become a free agent, his agent Mark Bartelstein of @PrioritySports tells ESPN. Beal is eligible to sign a 5-year max to return to Wizards – or sign elsewhere on a 4-year deal.
— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) June 29, 2022
Bradley Beal played 40 games this season before being sidelined with an injury. In those games, he averaged 23.2 points, 4.7 rebounds, and 6.6 assists per game. He paired those numbers with a field goal percentage of 45.1 percent and a three-point percentage of 30 percent. Beal has been a top player for the Wizards and will be one of the top names in the free agent pool this NBA offseason.
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— StatMuse (@statmuse) June 29, 2022
Players that stay with the same team for as long as Beal has with the Washington Wizards are rare. That could come to an end this offseason. Bradley Beal has been a considerably talented player his entire career and could provide a large boost to the team that signs him. He could be the difference maker for a team looking to win an NBA Championship if he decides he wants to play with another team.