Bradley Beal is officially on the open market. The 29-year-old guard declined his $36.4 million player option with the Washington Wizards on Wednesday and will now be eligible to become a free agent, according to ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski. LISTEN LIVE ON 106.7 THE FAN As a free agent, Beal can sign a five-year max deal to return to the Wizards worth close to $250 million sign elsewhere on a four-year deal in the $180 million range.
He accomplished both Wednesday, sending veterans Will Barton and Monte Morris to Washington in exchange for shooting guard Kentavious Caldwell-Pope and point guard Ish Smith, sources confirmed to The Denver Post. The Nuggets had been eyeing Caldwell-Pope since the trade deadline and viewed him as a defensive upgrade who had championship experience, sources said. The expectation, sources said, is that Denver won’t waive Smith.
NBA free agency predictions for Beal, LaVine, Ayton and other notable players Status: Holds $34.6M player option Prediction: Signs five-year, $248 million max contract with Wizards While it's not a done deal, it's widely expected that Beal will return to the Wizards on a full max contract. The question is whether Beal is truly committed to remaining with the organization through the duration of the contract, or if he's simply looking to cash in and then explore other options.