Bradley Beal is now in his 10th year in the league, all of which were spent donning the Washington Wizards jersey. In that span, he’s been through ups and downs. He’s been through the playoff multiple times. He has seen fellow All-Star John Wall go. Last season, Beal was dropping 50-60 points in heartbreaking losses.
Despite the struggles last year, Beal chose to stay with the team amid all the trade rumors surrounding him. He isn’t one of those superstars who jump ship after a string of losses. Now, the Wizards have reportedly offered Beal a four-year, $181.5 million extension. If he waits until the offseason, the offer could rise to a five-year contract worth $235 million. Whether Beal accepts the deal or not is still a matter of wait-and-see. The three-time All-Star is taking his time, knowing that the clock is ticking in his favor. Beal knows he put in the work. Now he wants to be rewarded.
“I got time, so I kinda hold the cards right now. And one, I’ve never been in this position. I’m kinda embracing that, being able to kinda dictate how I want my future to be and where I want it to be. And at the same time, I’m not gonna make that grand commitment and it doesn’t work. Ultimately, you have to be selfish at some point and for probably the first time in my career, Year 10, I am. And so I’m kinda taking advantage of it in a way,” Beal said, Posted Up with Chris Haynes.
Beal playing the waiting game does not ultimately mean he is looking to move out of Washington. Instead, he emphasized that his priority is to work things out with the Wizards.
“Obviously, my full commitment is to the team. I want it to work. I’ve contributed to being here. I’ve committed to being here twice. Now, I want to see that commitment to me, as well, that we can create a winning team here, a winning environment here. And granted, I’m a part of that, so I gotta make sure that I’m stepping up and doing my thing, too, just as well.”
The Wizards are one of the pleasant surprises this season. They sport a 15-11 record for fifth in the Eastern Conference. Their haul from the Los Angeles Lakers off Russell Westbrook is meshing better than expected. Safe to say that Beal made the right move in trusting the organization. Last year, Beal was deemed the unluckiest player in the NBA for his stellar performances in defeats. Now, the tables have turned. Beal cannot just make a ton of dough, but if the Wizards front office delivers on their promise and build a solid core around him, then Beal can be just inches away from his first championship ring.