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Bradley Beal claims his extension decision has nothing to do with money

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Bradley Beal has a $111 million contract extension offer from the Washington Wizards. The franchise offered the two-time All-Star the extension roughly two months ago.

However, Beal has yet to sign it. The sharpshooter, who can make more money next summer if he makes one of the All-NBA teams this season, says his extension decision has nothing to do with money.

“I can really retire today and be OK. … So, I want everybody to understand, it’s not the money. It’s not the money factor here,” Beal told Fred Katz of The Athletic. “It’s me. It’s, OK, what’s the direction the team’s going in? Are we gonna win? Is this what we want?

“We know that this is probably gonna be a development year. It’s gonna be one of those types of years. So, does Bradley Beal wanna be a part of that ultimately? And that’s something I have to ask myself and something I’m probably still not done asking myself. So, I’m gonna use all my time until I can.”

Under his current contract, Beal will make $27.1 million this season and $28.8 million in 2020-21.

Beal averaged 25.6 points, 5.0 rebounds and 5.5 assists last season for the Wizards while shooting 47.5 percent from the field, 35.1 percent from beyond the arc and 80.8 percent from the free-throw line.

Wizards All-Star point guard John Wall is expected to miss the entire 2019-20 season recovering from his Achilles tear. Washington wants to remain competitive in the wide-open Eastern Conference sans Wall, and keeping Beal allows them to do that.

The Wizards, per multiple reports, have not made Beal available in trade talks despite not getting an answer yet regarding the extension.