After the Washington Wizards lost to the Los Angeles Lakers on Friday, a reporter asked Wizards All-Star shooting guard Bradley Beal about possibly teaming up with LeBron James and Anthony Davis on the Lakers this past summer.
Beal, who signed an extension with Washington, gave a pretty telling response:
“I’m good. They’re their own men,” Beal said, via NBC Sports Washington. “They make their own decisions.
“At the end of the day, there’s no guarantee you’ll win a championship by jumping ship. Only one team wins. When it comes down to my decision-making, I really factored that in. It looks great, but the grass isn’t always greener.”
Beal signed a two-year, $72 million extension with the Wizards. So far this season, Beal is averaging 28.3 points, 4.3 rebounds and 7.1 assists per contest. He’s shooting 47.2 percent overall, 35.0 percent from the 3-point line and 82.9 percent from the charity stripe.
The Lakers had cap space to sign a third max player next to LeBron and Davis. They tried to sign Kawhi Leonard, but he chose to sign with the Los Angeles Clippers.
With his new extension, Beal is now 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.