Published: Thu, October 17, 2019
Sport | By Kayla Schwartz

Wizards, Beal agree on 2-year, $72 million extension

Wizards, Beal agree on 2-year, $72 million extension

Wizards fans are breathing a sigh of relief after the team signed Bradley Beal to a contract extension on Thursday.

The report has been confirmed by the Washington Wizards.

Beal will receive a two-year extension worth almost $72 million that begins with the 2021-22 season, his agent confirmed Thursday.

Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN, who broke the news, noted that if Beal opts out of the final year of his deal, he will be eligible for the biggest contract in National Basketball Association history (assuming the NBA's salary cap projections are accurate): Five years, $266 million.

For the scores of National Basketball Association teams who'd been intrigued by the idea of trading for Beal in his prime this year, the extension reshapes the landscape.

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ESPN first reported the news. But come next summer, even with that increased commitment of acquiring him, many teams would be interested in a player of Beal & # 39; s caliber with two more guaranteed years on his contract.

But the 2022-23 season has a player option, meaning Beal can opt of the deal in the summer of 2022, coinciding with his 10th year in the league.

For Washington owner Ted Leonsis and new general manager Tommy Sheppard, Beal's decision represents a spectacular victory in the organization's monthslong campaign to recruit Beal into a belief that the organization has a viable plan to rapidly redirect a course toward contention. And he will be the centerpiece again for a Wizards team that's without point guard John Wall for the entire season as he recovers from an Achilles injury.

Beal averaged career-highs during the 2018-19 season in points (25.6), assists (5.5), rebounds (5.0), steals (1.5) and blocks (0.7), which made him the first player in franchise history to average at least 25 points, five assists and five rebounds in a season. Beal has started every game for the Wizards over the last two seasons and leads the league in total minutes over the last three. "He's a fantastic, fantastic person".

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