Bradley Beal speaks out on building his legacy with Wizards
After Beal failed to qualify for one of the All-NBA teams, he became ineligible for a supermax extension, giving the Wizards some more financial leeway in terms of the extension they hoped to offer.
However, Beal did not show interest in the initial overtures from the Wizards front office. Reports that Washington would offer the former University of Florida star a three-year, $111 million extension were met with silence. That all changed on Thursday morning.
Beal signed a two-year, $72 million extension with the Wizards that will kick in prior to the 2021-22 season.
The 26-year-old told reporters–including Fred Katz of The Athletic–that his decision to re-up with the Wizards rests on his desire to establish a legacy:
Bradley Beal: "It's easy to think it's all about money when it's not…It's legacy at the end of the day. This is where I've been for the last 7 years going on 8. I have the opportunity to be able to turn this thing around. A lot of people doubt that & I view it as a challenge."
— Fred Katz (@FredKatz) October 17, 2019
In the wake of injuries and financial ruin, Beal was a bright spot for the Wizards in 2019.
He led the NBA in minutes and mileage while becoming the first player in franchise history to average at least 25 points, five rebounds and five assists. Beal also averaged a career-high 1.5 steals.
Beal’s incredible season brought about questions regarding Washington’s future and their commitment to point guard John Wall. Washington signed Wall to a four-year $170 million deal that kicks in at the start of this season, though Wall will not take the floor for a few months as he rehabs from a torn Achilles.
However, it appears that the Wizards will build around their fantastic duo in the hopes that they can become legitimate title contenders in the next few years.
Washington will have zero financial flexibility due to Wall and Beal’s massive contracts, so recent draft picks like Rui Hachimura as well as budding youngsters such as Thomas Bryant need to make big strides.