Bradley Beal ‘very likely’ to decline option and re-sign with Wizards on max deal

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In Beal’s case, a $36.4 million player option is much more certain to be declined. Even if Beal simply re-signs with the Wizards, he can increase his 2022-23 salary to the projected max of $42.7 million. Per Wojnarowski, Bradley Beal is very likely to decline the option and re-sign with Washington on a five-year deal worth a projected $248 million that would take him through age 33.
Source: Kevin Pelton @ ESPN

What’s the buzz on Twitter?

Ira Winderman @IraHeatBeat
Sunday notes on a Saturday: NBA free-agency period more about trade season for Heat.… Also: Tucker loses a suitor?; Beasley-Chalmers again a thing; Gabe’s goals; some Beal; Jovic’s youth; numerology, more. – 9:13 AM

Quinton Mayo @RealQuintonMayo
Do you have faith in the Wizards
organization to build a contending team? That’s the question Bradley Beal must answer as he approaches one of the
biggest decisions of his career. New post-draft pod out now: PM

Henry Abbott @TrueHoop
@David Thorpe: Relentless driver and scorer who defends as well. Knows how to play and should play pretty quickly. Wiz building a solid core via draft and need a star if they move Beal. PM

Gery Woelfel @GeryWoelfel
Wisconsin guard Johnny Davis, as many expected, went 10th in the draft to the Wizards. He and Beal should make one dynamic backcourt. – 9:05 PM

StatMuse @statmuse
The Wizards lottery picks since 2010:
John Wall
Jan Vesely
Bradley Beal
Otto Porter Jr.
Rui Hachimura
Deni Avdija
Johnny Davis PM

Ryan Ward @RyanWardLA
As rumors keep heating up, especially when it comes to the Lakers, the odds keep changing. This time it’s concerning Bradley Beal’s next team, via @bookies: PM

More on this storyline


Quinton Mayo: Bradley Beal is truly undecided as to what is next for him. Now a lot of people would come back to that comment and say, well, he has a very large incentive to return to the team in DC. He also has made a ton of money already through 10 years of NBA basketball. -via Blue Wire Podcasts / June 24, 2022

Quinton Mayo: I think watching Boston get to the NBA Finals and then seeing a guy like Jayson Tatum, who is his young bull, play at the highest level, that did something to him. -via Blue Wire Podcasts / June 24, 2022

Josh Robbins: Wizards president and general manager Tommy Sheppard said the team plans to meet with Bradley Beal at the beginning of free agency on June 30. -via Twitter @JoshuaBRobbins / June 24, 2022