Scott Brooks would love to coach Bradley Beal ‘forever’
Brooks always speaks glowingly of Beal, who is the best player on the Wizards since All-Star John Wall will likely miss the entire season recovering from his Achilles tear.
“I’d love to coach him forever,” Brooks told Fred Katz of The Athletic. “He’s a perfect piece to transition the 10 new players to the level that we need to get them to. He works every day. He’s a great leader on and off the floor. It’s a no-brainer. We wanna keep him forever.”
Beal averaged 25.6 points, 5.0 rebounds and 5.5 assists last season. He shot 47.5 percent from the field, 35.1 percent from beyond the arc and 80.8 percent from the free-throw line.
Everyone in Washington wants to know if Beal is going to sign the $111 million extension the Wizards have offered him. Under his current contract, Beal will make $27.1 million this season and $28.8 million in 2020-21. The two-time All-Star can make more money next summer if he makes one of the All-NBA teams in 2019-20.
Brooks knows the Wizards are going to have a hard time making the playoffs with Beal on the roster. If Beal gets traded, the Wizards would go into full rebuild mode, something Brooks is hoping to avoid.