Two-time NBA All-Star Bradley Beal agreed to a two-year extension with the Washington Wizards on Thursday, according to Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN. The $72M extension will keep the star shooting guard on the books until the 2022-23 season, should Beal decides to pick up his player option in his final year.
Prior to the deal, multiple teams expressed interest in their attempt to acquire Beal, but the Wizards refused to open trade talks since Tommy Sheppard took over as the team’s general manager in July.
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The extension of Beal does not improve the Wizards’ chances of becoming a contender, but it does help Washington stay competitive in the weakened Eastern Conference. With John Wall out for another season due to an Achilles injury, Beal will continue to be the Wizards’ number one scoring option for the 2019-20 season.
The Wizards seem to be committed to keeping their all-star backcourt together, as Beal and Wall will hold a cap space of $79M over the next two seasons.
Drafted with the third overall picks in the 2012 NBA Draft, Beal, 26, averaged a career-high 25.0 points, 5.5 assists, and 5.0 rebounds across 82 games for the 32-50 Washington Wizards last season.