Bradley Beal RumorsAll NBA Players
Height: 6-5 / 1.96
Weight:207 lbs. / 93.9 kg.
Height: 6-5 / 1.96
Weight:207 lbs. / 93.9 kg.
Once the free-agent madness that kicks off today simmers down, the Wizards will have a week to figure out what to do regarding Bradley Beal who is eligible for an extension going into the last year of his rookie contract. “We have all the way to October to get something done on that front,” Wizards president Ernie Grunfeld told CSNwashington recently. “We’ll talk to his agent (Mark Bartelstein) at the appropriate time and see where that process takes us. Obviously, we think very highly of Bradley and we want him here for a very long time.”: 1 more rumor
All indications suggest that the Wizards aren’t inclined to offer a max contract to a shooting guard who averages 15 points and has trouble consistently manufacturing offense from the free-throw line. Beal’s representatives will point to what he can be when he’s fully healthy:: 1 more rumor
Washington Wizards guard Bradley Beal and forward Kenneth Faried of the Denver Nuggets will play in the NBA’s exhibition game in South Africa this summer. Serge Ibaka of the Oklahoma City Thunder and Gorgui Dieng of the Minnesota Timberwolves also will take part in the Aug. 1 game in Johannesburg, the league says Tuesday.
If the Wizards don’t do the extension this summer, Beal would have two options: Become a restricted free agent next summer (assuming the Wizards extend a qualifying offer, which of course they will), or sign his $7.5 million qualifying offer and become unrestricted in 2017. Wizards GM Ernie Grunfeld and Beal’s agent, Mark Bartelstein, have yet to initiate extension talks, but they will soon.
The Wizards have made it clear they are committed to signing Beal to the max, but the timing is everything from the standpoint of preserving cap room to chase free agents such as Kevin Durant in 2016.
Jorge Castillo: Wittman: “Brad and John are going to be here a long time.” Beal is eligible for an extension this summer.
Two days after hitting a buzzer-beater to win Game 3, Washington’s Paul Pierce missed a 3-point attempt that would have tied the score coming out of a timeout with 9.5 seconds left. “Thought I got a great look,” Pierce said. Said Bradley Beal, who scored a career playoff-high 34 points for the Wizards: “I thought it was going in. … That open one’s always the hardest one to make.”
Korver was matched up with Beal for 9:32, and he was 1-for-4 for just three points, according to the NBA’s SportVU player tracking data. And consider that Beal is doing this after rolling his troublesome right ankle so badly in Game 1, when he led all scorers with 28 points, that he left the court in the fourth quarter in tears. And without John Wall, who fractured his left hand and wrist and has missed the last two games and is unlikely to play again this series. “Don’t let my face fool you now. It was tough,” said Beal of chasing around Korver after Game 2. “I was trying to do whatever I could. It wasn’t easy. A lot of treatment the last couple days but I was out there, no excuses.”
David Aldridge: If Wiz hold on for this win, may want to think about resting Beal in Game 2, with three days off before Game 3 Saturday.
Paul Pierce says the Toronto Raptors don’t scare them because they don’t have the “it” factor. Raptors big man Amir Johnson fires back. The Wizards take Game 1, 93-86. They then take a 60-49 lead into halftime in Toronto in Game 2, and Wizards guard Bradley Beal says this: “[The Raptors] think that we’re some punks. They think that they can push around. But we’re not rolling.”
Bradley Beal started Game 1 against the Toronto Raptors nearly reduced to tears by an inspiring pregame speech from Washington Wizards coach Randy Wittman. “I almost cried,” Beal said. “Witt almost had me teary-eyed before the game. He said make sure you cherish each moment, because you never know, this may be your last game playing. He looked at Paul [Pierce] and said, ‘Paul, this may be your last time ever making it to the playoffs.'” “You have to embrace each moment that you are out here on the floor and live in each moment each and every second.”
Washington Wizards guard Bradley Beal, who played for Billy Donovan at Florida, thinks that his former college coach will make the jump to the NBA. Beal appeared on the Dan Patrick Show on Friday, and he was asked what kind of pro coach Donovan would make. “I think he’d be great,” Beal responded. “I agree with the rumors, I think he’ll definitely leave. I think he won’t pass that opportunity up too many times, and I think he’ll be a tremendous coach. He loves playing in pick-and-rolls, he loves to space the floor and he gives his players freedom, so I think he’ll definitely, he’ll excel well in the league.
Chris Fedor: Washington will be resting John Wall, Bradley Beal, Paul Pierce & Nene. Marcin Gortat will be the only starter.
Bradley Beal scored 17 points on 6-for-11 shooting over 33 minutes Friday in his third game back from a fibula injury but he hasn’t played in a back-to-back since returning and Beal said he wasn’t sure if he will play Saturday against the Milwaukee Bucks. “We will see how he feels, number one,” Wittman said. “We will talk with the doctor and see where he is at. He will get examined here tonight, which they do anyway, even when it’s not a back to back.”
Beal explained he wouldn’t return until he participated in a full practice session, which is standard procedure and infers that the earliest he could return is Tuesday against the Chicago Bulls because the Wizards aren’t scheduled to practice until Monday. But before Friday’s defeat, Coach Randy Wittman indicated a practice isn’t mandatory for Beal, which opens the possibility of him playing Saturday against the Detroit Pistons. “We’ll see in these next couple days,” Wittman said. “He’s been going through simulations with all our players. All the hard running and stuff that needs to be done and then you check to make sure there’s no lingering effect the next day.”