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Wizards GM Tommy Sheppard reiterates desire to keep Bradley Beal

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Washington Wizards general manager Tommy Sheppard has once again reiterated his desire to keep shooting guard Bradley Beal.

Sheppard told CBS Sports the Wizards have no intention of trading Beal, who is one of the best guards in the NBA.

“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,” 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.”

Bradley Beal currently has two years left on his contract with the Wizards. Washington has offered the All-Star guard an extension worth around $112 million. Beal has yet to inform the Wizards whether he will sign the extension or not. He can make more money next summer if he makes one of the All-NBA teams in 2019-20, as he would qualify for the supermax extension.

Beal put up 25.6 points, 5.0 rebounds and 5.5 assists last season for the Wizards while shooting 47.5 percent from the field, 35.1 percent from beyond the arc and 80.8 percent from the free-throw line. Washington missed the playoffs, though, and will likely be without star point guard John Wall for the entire 2019-20 season as he recovers from an Achilles tear.