The Washington Wizards were hoping to be in the running to sign superstar free agent Kevin Durant, but that isn’t an option for them anywhere. Due to their early exit from the Durant sweepstakes, the Wizards will turn to working on a long-term contract extension with Bradley Beal.
He is a restricted free agent this offseason and there was never any doubt that he would be back with the Wizards. They would have matched any offer sheet that a team would have thrown his way.
According to a report from David Aldridge, the Wizards will start working with Beal on a long-term deal immediately after free agency opens.
Wizards, moving on from Durant, will try and hammer out framework of new deal for Bradley Beal tonight. Max would run five years, $133M.
— David Aldridge (@daldridgetnt) July 1, 2016
Last season with the Wizards, Beal ended up averaging 17.4 points, 3.4 rebounds and 2.9 assists per game. He shot 44.9 percent from the field overall and knocked down 38.7 percent from the three-point line. Those numbers show why the Wizards will have to give Beal a maximum contract to get him locked up.
At just 23-years-old, the Wizards have to be excited about the future growth the Beal is sure to make. He can improve his consistency and assuming he can stay healthy has the potential to develop into a superstar.
It will be interesting to see whether the Wizards are able to get a deal done on the first day of free agency. Beal would likely enjoy getting the contract discussions out of the way early on in the process.
Expect to hear the Wizards and Beal get a new deal done at some point in the next 48 hours. They are going to work very well together to get the deal done and it should be a nice pay raise for him.