Should Beal take too long to decide — he cannot sign …

Should Beal take too long to decide — he cannot sign until Oct. 17 at the earliest, the anniversary of his last extension — Washington will have a seismic choice to make: gamble on their all-star centerpiece sticking around at the risk of letting him walk for nothing or explore a trade. Beal knows the Wizards have made favorable moves to convince him they can become the winning franchise he so yearns to lead. But, at least this week, at the season’s dawn, he wasn’t hurrying to commit just yet. “I want to win. I want to win the right way and do it here, and I think we have enough,” Beal said. “So it’s just we have to get it done.”
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