Despite all the whipers, rumors, and hype, it appears Bradley Beal is staying in Washington for a little while longer.
According to ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski, Beal and the Wizards have just agreed to an extension that will keep him in town for another two seasons.
In a commitment carrying leaguewide ramifications, Washington Wizards All-Star guard Bradley Beal has agreed to extend his deal for two years on a $72 million maximum contract, agent Mark Bartelstein of Priority Sports told ESPN on Thursday morning.
Beal’s extension, which begins with the 2021-22 season, includes a player option for 2022-23 that keeps him out of free agency for three more seasons and guarantees him nearly $130 million over four years.
Brad got the bag. Again 💰
— Yahoo Sports NBA (@YahooSportsNBA) October 17, 2019
For the scores of teams who were hoping to trade for Beal, this news will force them to change their plans. For the better part of a year, those within and around the association believed Beal could become available on the trade market as he entered the final deal of his contract. Beal’s surprising commitment to stay the course will push back those talks for at least another two years.
For Washington, having Bradley secured is crucial in their plans going forward. As they attempt to re-make their broken roster, the young shooting guard will no doubt be a major piece of their core.
The 26-year-old star averaged 25.6 points, 5 rebounds and 5.5 assists in his best season as a pro.