Wizards star shooting guard Bradley Beal recently sat down with Bleacher Report’s Taylor Rooks to discuss his impending free agency (h/t to ClutchPoints for transcript). Beal has a $36.4 million player option for the 2022-23 season.
“I know what my decision will be based on, and that’s where I feel like I can win. That’s going to be my decision,” Beal said. “If I feel like I can win at DC, that’s what I am going to do, and I want people to respect that. You may or may not, but I’m going to work hard and I’m going to compete and I want to make this team better. If it is elsewhere, it will be exactly the same commitment.
If he steps down, the Wizards could offer Beal an expected five-year, $247 million maximum contract extension this summer. The maximum a rival team could offer him in free agency would be $183.6 million.
Washington drafted Beal out of Florida with the third pick in the 2012 draft. He never played beyond the Eastern Conference Semifinals with the Wizards.
Injuries limited Beal’s availability for much of the 2021-22 NBA season. The three-time All-Star has remained relatively productive when available, although his shooting count has dipped during his 28-year-old season. Beal averaged 23.2 PPG, 6.6 APG, and 4.7 RPG over 40 contests on .451/.300/.833 shooting. The Wizards finished with a 35-47 record this season.
There are more from the Southeast Division:
- After a disappointing 2021-22 season in which they finished with a 43-39 record and were ultimately defeated in five games by the Heat in the first round of the playoffs, the Hawks look likely to make changes to the game. 2022 offseason. The Athletic’s Chris Kirschner lists some of his favorite trade targets for Atlanta.
- After a breakout season with the Heat, guard Max Strus is aware the team will have heightened expectations heading into the 2022-23 NBA season, according to Ira Winderman of the South Florida Sun Sentinel. “I just need to be more complete,” Strus said of developing his game. “There are definitely areas for improvement. And that’s exciting about this game, that’s what wants you to continue to thrive, that’s the challenges that come with it.
- Reaction to the hiring of new Hornets head coach Kenny Atkinson has been overwhelmingly positive, according to Rod Boone of the Charlotte Observer. Boone explores the expectations surrounding Atkinson and his ability to help Charlotte, led by All-Star point guard LaMelo Ball, go beyond the play-in tournament.
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