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Bradley Beal Opens Up On His Pending Contract Extension: “I’m Not Gonna Make That Grand Commitment And It Doesn't Work. Ultimately You Have To Be Selfish At Some Point.”

Bradley Beal

Bradley Beal has been the biggest figure on the Washington Wizards roster for the past couple of years. The shooting guard stepped up when John Wall started dealing with serious injuries and now is the face of the franchise. 

He's been linked with several teams in past campaigns, but Beal has always stated he's loyal to the capital team. However, Bradley is taking advantage of that when he signs a new contract with the organization. 

In a recent interview, Beal, whose numbers have decreased since Russell Westbrook left the team in the offseason, expressed his commitment to the team, but that doesn't mean he'll agree to a large contract extension. 

“I got time, so I kinda hold the cards right now. And one, I’ve never been in this position. I’m kinda embracing that, being able to kinda dictate how I want my future to be and where I want it to be,” Beal said in the latest episode of the “Posted Up with Chris Haynes” podcast. “And at the same time, I’m not gonna make that grand commitment and it doesn’t work. Ultimately, you have to be selfish at some point and for probably the first time in my career, Year 10, I am. And so I’m kinda taking advantage of it in a way.

“Obviously, my full commitment is to the team. I want it to work. I’ve contributed to being here. I’ve committed to being here twice. Now, I want to see that commitment to me, as well, that we can create a winning team here, a winning environment here. And granted, I’m a part of that, so I gotta make sure that I’m stepping up and doing my thing, too, just as well.”

This is an interesting way of approaching his new contract. Beal has been linked with plenty of trades during the past two years and by not signing a big new deal, he'll have the chance to define his future if things don't go well with the Wizards. 

The 2021/22 NBA season started with a series of surprises for the shooting guard and his team. At some point, they ranked 1st in the Eastern Conference thanks to new additions, Kyle Kuzma, Montrezl Harrell, and Kentavious Caldwell-Pope. Right now they're 5th in the East and trying to make some noise this campaign.

However, if they don't reach the next level in the next couple of seasons, Beal would be gone.