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Report: Bradley Beal is giving Wizards GM Tommy Sheppard a ‘chance now that he’s in charge’

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A lot of people around the NBA were surprised to see Bradley Beal sign a two-year, $72 million contract extension with the Washington Wizards last week.

After all, the Wizards are likely going to struggle over the next few seasons. All-Star point guard John Wall will probably miss the entire 2019-20 season recovering from his Achilles tear. No one really knows what type of player Wall is going to be when he comes back.

Just because Beal signed this extension with the Wizards, it doesn’t mean he’s going to finish his career in Washington, though:

Via David Aldridge of The Athletic:

Beal is “more so giving (Sheppard) a chance now that he’s in charge,” someone with knowledge of Beal’s thinking told me Thursday. “If (there’s) no progress, he’ll get moved with a big paycheck.”

Beal is guaranteed $130 million over four seasons. His new deal contains a player option for the 2022-2023 season. Beal would be eligible to sign a five-year, $266 million contract with the Wizards in the summer of 2022 if he declines that player option. That’s assuming Beal is still in D.C.

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.

If the Wizards ever make Beal available in trade talks, he will be a very, very hot commodity.