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The reason Bradley Beal’s unique $251 million contract with Wizards will impact any future trade talks

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Bradley Beal is staying with the Washington Wizards long-term, and with his new contract, he’ll have massive control of his future.

The Wizards guard signed a maximum deal worth $251 million last week, putting him under contract for the next half decade. More than the money, however, he also received a significant boost in his deal: a no-trade clause.

According to Bobby Marks of ESPN, Beal is the only player with a true no-trade clause in the NBA right now. Apparently a player can only be eligible for the clause if he has eight years of NBA experience and has played for at least four years with the team he’s signing with.

Only nine other players had such true no-trade clause in their careers, with Beal joining the likes of LeBron James, Kevin Garnett, Carmelo Anthony, Dirk Nowitzki, Kobe Brant, Dwayne Wade, Tim Duncan, David Robinson and John Stockton.

This is certainly an interesting twist in Bradley Beal’s contract, especially after he has been linked with several trade rumors over the past few months.

While a no-trade clause doesn’t actually mean he can’t be traded, Beal now has the power to veto a trade to a team he doesn’t like. This means that even if the Wizards want to trade him to a team from whom they can get a significant return, they will have to ask for the veteran guard’s permission first.

The clause can certainly be tricky to navigate for the Wizards, but hey, Beal has earned it after staying in Washington despite their struggles year in and year out.