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Bradley Beal more concerned about Wizards’ direction, not money

Bradley Beal, Wizards

Bradley Beal of Washington Wizards could be in line for a supermax contract upon making one of the three All-NBA teams, an unlikely, but still plausible achievement after a career-best season. Yet the All-Star-caliber shooting guard is more concerned about how his team handles this potential retooling, with John Wall likely out for a large part (if not all) of next season, and many questions arising about the team’s front office stability and roster construction moving forward.

As Beal puts it, money is not a major issue.

“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,” said Beal, according to Fred Katz of The Athletic. “I already have one max contract, and I can live off that and be cool. So, money is not the problem.”

Still, Beal could wind up with the best of both worlds in the best potential outcome, as a supermax extension would tack on four more years to his deal for up to $194 million if he makes this year’s All-NBA roster.

Beal must rank in one of the six guard spots to do so — a tough task in itself with players like James Harden, Russell Westbrook, Stephen Curry and other worthy candidates.

Yet to Beal, re-signing has more to do with what direction his team will take moving forward.

“It’s, what are we gonna do here moving forward?” said Beal. “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.”

Beal is aware there is likely a supermax offer waiting for him if he qualifies for it, yet he’s unsure what he would do if prompted at this time.

“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.”