Bradley Beal on ‘selfish’ contract extension that still gives him opportunity for trade
Over a year later, the 27-year-old explained his side of the story and the rationale behind his choice given the struggles of the Wizards team in recent seasons, as quoted from J.J. Redick’s Old Man And Three podcast.
Bradley Beal explains why he signed a 1+1 year extension with Washington
"You still want to be able to protect yourself and kinda be selfish. How can I create some type of flexibility for myself if we aren’t winning, if I do choose to get out."
— NBA Central (@TheNBACentral) October 28, 2020
Beal previously signed a five-year, $128 million max contract with the Wizards back in 2016. He previously had two years left on the max contract and was scheduled to enter unrestricted free agency for the first time in his career in 021.
Under the two-year extension, the earliest Beal can enter free agency is 2022. He will also have a player option for the 2023 season if he wishes to stay with the Wizards for the second year of his extension.
By declining the option in the summer of 2022, he would be eligible for free agency with 10 years of NBA service time. It would eventually allow him to sign either a lucrative five-year, $266 million contract with Washington or a four-year, $198 million deal with another team if he opts to relocate by then.
The former Florida standout is heading to his ninth campaign in the league and averaged career-best numbers of 30.5 points and 6.1 assists per game along with 4.2 rebounds through 57 games played in the 2019-2020 NBA season.
With All-Star point guard John Wall’s looming return to action along with the Wizards’ new cast of young players, Beal will aim to ball out and try to win in Washington first before exploring other options in the future.