Washington Wizards Rumors
In Washington, the rookie extension of Beal will be front and center. It is well known in NBA circles that the Wizards are lining up their books to make a run at DC native Kevin Durant next summer. Washington right now has roughly $27 million in cap space in 2016-17. The Wizards’ cap space could jump to $38 million when you factor in four players that have partial or non-guaranteed contracts. The above mentioned cap space does factor in the $14.2 million cap hold for Beal.
Dudley surprised the NBA community when he opted into his $4.25 million option with the Bucks rather than exercise his early termination option and seek a multi-year contract in free agency. He waited until the final hours before the start of free agency before making his decision. “Hey, I’m not going to lie to you. I wanted to opt out,” Dudey admitted. “The whole thing was to opt out. At the same time, you never want to opt-out you want to have a deal in place or at least have a backup plan. For me, I’m never going to be anyone’s first or second choice. I’m your fourth, fifth, six option, Your glue guy. Everyone wants the sexy choice. Me and my agent, we went around to different places. We had people interested…But also, I was doing rehab on my back. I knew it was hurting. It improved. It improve so much, but I knew down the road I possibly could have surgery. I didn’t know. For me, I didn’t want to risk opting out, going (into free agency) and possibly not getting the deal I wanted.”
If he entered free agency, Dudley said the Wizards were among the teams he wanted to join along with possibly returning to the Phoenix Suns. The Bucks were not showing interest in retaining Dudley via free agency in part, as Dudley notes, because Milwaukee was preparing to make bigger splashes (they re-signed Khris Middleton and gave Greg Monroe a max contract) and have rising young talent at his spot.