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Bradley Beal replicates meme-able pose during preseason photoshoot

Wizards, Bradley Beal

Washington Wizards All-Star Bradley Beal seemed to be in good spirits at the team’s preseason photoshoot. The former No. 3 overall pick posed for the cameras in his uniform, holding his head high and flashing a proud smile.

The Wizards offered Beal a three-year max extension worth $111 million earlier this summer. However, he did not sign it. There could be a couple of reasons for this:

Beal is still under contract for two years and will be eligible for a five-year super-max extension worth an estimated $220 million next summer — if he makes one of the three All-NBA teams in the coming season. He’s also likely weighing his options, deciding whether or not to commit to the Wizards long-term.

As for the Wizards, it sounds like they’re interested in keeping Beal on the roster:

“The way that I look at this is pretty simple: If you were looking to build a team, Brad would be the type of player anyone would want to start with,” Wizards general manager Tommy Sheppard told CBS Sports. “You look at the character, the talent, the age, just the whole package … Brad is without a doubt a core player in this league. Every team would love to have him, and we do. So we’ve never considered anything other than a situation where Brad is with us and leading us forward. We made that clear to him on the first day we could offer him an extension, and we’ll continue to make that clear.”

Beal is coming off of a fantastic season with Washington — one in which he posted several career-highs. He started all 82 regular season games, racking up averages of 25.6 points on 47.5 percent shooting from the field (35.1 percent from beyond the arc), 5.5 assists, 5.0 rebounds and 1.5 steals in 36.9 minutes per outing.

The Wizards finished the 2018-19 campaign with a 32-50 overall record, which left the team out of playoff contention. Hopefully, with an offseason to improve, Washington will find its way back into the hunt.