Bradley Beal has made another decision that makes the upcoming 2022 free agency one to watch. The Washington Wizards shooting guard was said to be out of the team, but now things are different for the player, as he declined his $36.4 million option for next season to test the waters of free agency.
Of course, he can still return to the Wizards on a new deal, but it's worth noting that this decision can add more drama to the already complex situation between Bradley and his team.
Adrian Wojnarowski reports that Beal is declining his option and will become a free agent this summer, noting that he still has the option to return to the Wizards or sign elsewhere.
Washington Wizards star Bradley Beal has declined his $36.4M option and become a free agent, his agent Mark Bartelstein of @PrioritySports tells ESPN. Beal is eligible to sign a 5-year max to return to Wizards – or sign elsewhere on a 4-year deal.
In the last couple of seasons, Beal has been linked with a move away from Washington. The Los Angeles Lakers were mentioned as a potential landing spot before they traded for Russell Westbrook. More recently, the Boston Celtics and Miami Heat are getting attention as potential new homes for Beal.
The player knows that the situation on different teams is a lot better than the Wizards and that could play a role in his decision for this free agency. Still, some say that Beal will remain loyal to the Wizards and re-sign with them once free agency starts this Thursday.
Now every team in the league will try to lure him away from D.C., but some think that the Boston Celtics have the advantage over the competition. Well, we're hours away from free agency, and once that period starts, a lot of questions will be answered.