Money is not the problem, so says Bradley Beal. The Wizards’ two-time All-Star stated as such when asked after Sunday’s 113-110 loss to the Knicks about the possibility of earning a super-max contract this summer. “My biggest concern, just like I tell everybody else, is just making sure that we’re going in the right direction. It’s easy to secure money. Money is not the problem,” Beal said. “I already have one max contract, and I can live off that and be cool. So, money is not the problem.”
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Beal would be eligible for a “super-max” extension — a projected four-year, $194 million deal that would add onto the two years he has remaining on his current contract — if he makes an All-NBA team following this season. Whether he would accept it or not is the question of the moment, given the 32-49 Wizards’ uncertain management and current standing. And thus, the question for Beal, who has already made $90 million in his career and will earn plenty more whether he makes All-NBA or not, isn’t about the dollars. It’s about the future. “It’s, what are we gonna do here moving forward?” he said. “It starts with getting a new GM and building up our team this summer. I’ll definitely give it a lot of thought. It’s not an easy decision. It’s not a simple one, either. So, (it’s a) game of chess this summer.”
But he told The Athletic he has “no idea” if he would accept the still theoretical offer if he were to end up on an All-NBA team and the Wizards were to subsequently propose it to him this summer. “I have no idea. … I try not to (think about it),” he said. “I’m not gonna be naïve to it. I know about it. But … I haven’t even gotten that far, because I need to figure out what we’re gonna do in this offseason, where we’re going, which direction we’re going.”
Both parties have to make sure it’s an actual possibility first. And Beal has two more weeks to plead his case on the court. “It’s crazy. I mentioned it to my agent just out of curiosity and he said, ‘One, I don’t like talking about it because I don’t wanna jinx it.’ That’s what he was telling me. And then two, he said, ‘I’ve never done a super-max deal, so I can’t tell you what to expect, what not to expect.’ So, it’s kinda like we’re going in blind,” Beal said. “Granted, my job is to continue to play out these last seven (games), and we’ll see where we are at the end of the year. “If I make it, I make it. If I don’t, I don’t. But it’ll definitely be evaluated at the end of the year.”
Jorge Castillo: The Wizards, btw, did make Beal an offer. But it wasn’t for the max and that’s what Beal wants. And if you don’t think Beal will get the max next summer go take a look at the contracts signed over the summer. The money is out there.
The Washington Wizards view Bradley Beal, a sharp-shooting two-way wing player poised for a breakout season, as a pillar for years to come, but the two sides have come to a mutual agreement to wait until next summer to enact the marriage and will not agree to a contract extension before tonight’s midnight deadline, according to a person with knowledge of the situation. Thusly, Beal will become a restricted free agent in July. Waiting until July affords Washington more cap room to pursue free agents – most notably Kevin Durant. By not giving Beal the max extension he wants now, Beal’s cap hold will be $14 million next summer instead of $20.9 million.
David Aldridge: Wizards, per sources, won’t extend @Bradley Beal before deadline. Still hope to sign impact FA in July, then re-sign Beal, who’ll be RFA.
All indications, as of Sunday night, were that Washington Wizards guard Bradley Beal and Warriors center Festus Ezeli will be joining Drummond and Barnes as restricted free agents come July, barring an unexpected late U-turn in negotiations.
Marc Stein: Still time for U-turns, of course, but AS OF NOW likewise appears Bradley Beal (like ADrummond and HBarnes) will have to wait until summer
Probably the most interesting case when it comes to the Monday deadline is that of Wizards guard Bradley Beal. A person with knowledge of the situation told Sporting News that the Wizards fully intend to keep Beal and lock him up with a max contract — despite Beal’s troubles staying healthy — but they want to wait until next summer.
The reason is obvious: Washington will be among the teams trying to lure Kevin Durant from the Thunder. Durant grew up in the D.C. metro area and, should he be willing to leave Oklahoma City — still a very open question — the Wizards would be considered a favorite to sign him. They could do so if they order the contracts the way the Spurs did with Aldridge and Leonard, with Durant first signing, then with Beal’s contract coming after.
Monday is the deadline for teams to sign players entering their fourth year to long-term contract extensions, and it appears that the situation of Washington’s Bradley Beal will go down to the final moments. Signing him to an extension seemed a certainty, but there has been no deal. Detroit’s Andre Drummond is also a candidate for an extension.
The Washington Wizards’ Bradley Beal is another obvious extension candidate, but it’s believed the Wizards hope to convince Beal to hold off on a new deal until next summer — much like the San Antonio Spurs did last season with star swingman Kawhi Leonard — because the delay could lead to Washington having nearly $10 million in additional salary-cap space in the summer of 2016 when it intends to make a run at D.C. native Kevin Durant in free agency.
Over his first three professional seasons, Bradley Beal has exhibited enough flashes of his potential to excite fans and assure the Washington Wizards that he is a foundation piece for their future. It is why Beal will almost certainly sign with the franchise long-term by next summer, though he likely won’t sign a four-year extension by the Halloween deadline because he wants the max and the Wizards have offered him less than that, according to a person with knowledge of the situation, because they want maximum salary-cap flexibility for free agents in July.
Training camp is rapidly approaching, but the Washington Wizards‘ off-season activity may not be complete because Bradley Beal’s contract situation remains unanswered. The negotiating period for a contract extension, which would kick in for the 2016-17 season, opened July 1 and closes on Halloween, the day of the Wizards’ home opener against the New York Knicks. So, there’s time. Both sides have maintained dialogue throughout the summer but there’s no rush and substantial progress hasn’t been made, according to multiple people with knowledge of the situation. That’s not unusual – deadlines usually spur activity. But, in this case, bypassing the negotiation window without an agreement could be the right move for both sides.
The situations aren’t the same, of course. While talks remain open, CSNmidatlantic.com was told, there hasn’t been any movement. Beal, who believes he’s worth a max deal, just returned from Taiwan and president Ernie Grunfeld had been on vacation.
Bradley Beal wants a maximum contract extension, but the Washington Wizards reportedly won’t give him one. They plan to make him play out the 2015-16 season then hit restricted free agency, according to CSN Washington’s J. Michael Falgoust: “Bradley Beal has made it clear he thinks he’s a max player and that’s what he wants. I’ve talked to people on both sides all offseason about this. It seems to be Bradley Beal’s decision. The Wizards are willing to make him an offer, an extension, but they’re not going to offer him the maximum extension right now simply because they don’t have to.
Word is the Wizards and Beal have been talking extension all summer and while a deal has not been finalized, there is a sense that both sides will agree to something before the October 31st deadline. There was talk of a deal in the max range, but given the deals that have gotten done, namely Lillard’s $120 million deal, the bar on absolute max might be a little too high to get a deal done without a trip through restricted free agency.
The Wizards and Bradley Beal don’t appear to be any closer to reaching terms on an extension — the window is open until the start of the 2015-16 regular season — with both sides downplaying to CSNwashington.com during the past few weeks about the progress of talks.
Now that the most of the heavy-lifting has been dealt with in free agency, the Wizards will begin serious talks with Bradley Beal regarding a contract extension, CSNwashington.com has confirmed with two people with knowledge of the situation.
Contacted early Sunday, agent Mark Bartelstein said actual negotiations with Wizards president Ernie Grunfeld will go forward as early as this upcoming week. “We had to get past that first nine or 10 days of free agency. With that chaotic period over, Ernie and I will talk and see where we are,” Bartelstein told CSN.
Whenever it happens, Beal believes he is worth the maximum. “I would say, yeah. I’m not going to sell myself short,” Beal said Thursday in a telephone interview from his home town of St. Louis, where he was hosting a youth basketball camp. “I feel like I am. But it is what it is. If I get offered, I get offered. If I don’t, I don’t. I’m just going to continue to be the player I am and not let money really have any effect on me like that.”
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.”
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:
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